Talking with drums

Talking with drums
West African percussion skills in global conversations

The basis of many musical genres in Africa is language. In order to fully understand African music, Ghanaian musicologist Kofi Agawu and many of his colleagues claim, one has to understand its linguistic principles.


The exhibition “Talking with drums” at the Ethnographic Museum, takes this statement as its premise. With reference to musical genres from Ghana and Nigeria, it shows how West African drummers and musicians make their voices heard in local and global discourses.

From August 30 2019 to September 6 2020.

More about the exhibition.