Unformatted text preview: Hand Drumming and Drum-Circles
● Once brought to America hand drumming was not
wholly rooted in African culture.
● Even though Olantunji supported the practice of
African culture he taught non-culturally specific
● Olantunji eventually partnered up with Remo Drums
even though he didn’t agree with their practices of
● In the end, Olantunji was happy with how popular
hand drumming was but was ultimately disappointed
at how the African culture behind it was being ignored
and transformed into a non-indigenous practice.
● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT2J1Ot9N5c Africans & Rhythm
To think about: positive or negative light?
● Primal nature gives distinction to African culture
● Drumming as expression of deep emotion
○ African-ness (deep emotion) vs.
European-ness (rational thought) ● Europeans interested in African drumming b/c “assured
of the capacity (as a group of people) for rational
thought and reason, they can enter into African
drumming from a position of privilege”
○ Africans historically denied recognition of intellectual
capacity, less willing What about Gilroy?
Concerned that the distinction between
nationality and culture is becoming lost.
Based his career off of trying to bring African
culture to American regardless of nationality.
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This document was uploaded on 02/21/2014 for the course CHEM 101 at UPenn.
- Spring '08