Field Work in the Western Region (Nigeria): Musicians Playing Talking Drums (Kalangu in Hausa and Dundun in Yoruba)
Turner, Lorenzo Dow 1890-1972
Turner, Lorenzo Dow
1 photographic negative : b&w; 35mm
Nigeria, Western Region
Title is provided by ACMA Archives staff based on researcher's notes.
Information from "Word, Shout, Song: Lorenzo Dow Turner. Connecting Communities through Language, August 9, 2010-July 24, 2011, Anacostia Community Museum, "A 'talking drum' is a drum which can be played with a variable pitch, allowing the tones to mimic sounds and patterns of speech. Talking drums originate in West Africa, and feature prominently in oral folk traditions amongst the various peoples there. Variations in sound are produced through varying striking patterns, as well as personal adjustments to the tension of the drumhead. Differing dialects account for variations in the sizes and designs of talking drums throughout West Africa."
Additional information from Alcione M. Amos reads, "In 1951, Lorenzo Dow Turner was able to achieve his dream of visiting Africa after he received a Fulbright award. His visit to West Africa was a major adventure of interacting with the local people, presenting lectures, and again recording songs, folktales, and proverbs. Turner was initially located at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, where he lectured to appreciative audiences on topics such as Africans in the New World and the English language in America. Soon after his arrival he was extending his reach and traveling all over the country. During these excursions he often played the recordings he had made in Brazil with Yoruba speakers. His audiences in Africa were fascinated. He was further connecting the worlds of the African Diaspora through language." [Lorenzo Dow Turner: Connecting Communities through Language. Alcione M. Amos. The Black Scholar: Volume 41, No.1, Journal of Black Studies and Research (Spring 2011), pp. 4-15. Published by: the Black World Foundation and Paradigm Publishers, Boulder, Colorado]
Lorenzo Dow Turner papers, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution, gift of Lois Turner Williams