Drums our heritage

ayan3
  • A glorious inheritance from our fore-fathers
    A precious gift to the birth place of groove [AFRICA]
    To promote blackness, originality and our integrity
    We dance and sing to the rhythm
    It is like our own blood.
    A source of livelihood.
    A rich tradition is in danger and relegated to the background.
    A noble art dressed in rags, unvalued.
    Ayan agalu
    Amuni jeun alahun
    Amuni mona ta o deri
    Agbegi roboto se lawo
    Gbera nle o n de / 3x.
    Drum it loud and clear.
    Drums have come to stay.
    Embrace it.

ayan3The drum is a unique INDIGINEOUS musical instrument that best expresses the inner feelings of BLACK AFRICANS. The talking drum is a symbolic cultural asset which must be further explored for the advancement of African cultures and indigenous teachings.

Talking drums are ancient part of the Yoruba lives which are passed down from the past to the present and for the future. The talking drum and its siblings are as basic as blood to the Yorubas. Drum is an artistic object Drum is the bearer of its own meaning.

THE CHEMISTRY OF MY DRUM AS A POLYMER

Back in school, I learnt that polymers are group of organic materials made up of long covalently bonded molecules called MACROMOLECULES. There are NATURAL POLYMERS which have been used widely, throughout the ages and SYNTHETIC POLYMERS which are of fairly recent vintage.

Natural polymers include protein (such as Leather, wool, silk, muscle fibres and enzymes). Other natural polymers are polysaccharides (starch and cellulose) examples are (Cotton wood and paper), rubber and nucleic acids.

In summary, Cellulose and Proteins belongs to the natural fibres and the primary source of cellulose is wood and of protein is leather. Hence, wood can be considered for use as raw material for polymer productions.

Therefore, drums are polymers because its body is fashioned from trees which are natural polymers. Also the skins used in covering the surface of the drum is animal skin which after its been buried in the ground for several days to lose its hair and flesh turns to leather after sun drying.

MUSIC

ayan“My musical art exhibits a typical African theatrical fashion, which expresses a blend of olden days folk songs and new to suit this modern age without losing its mellifluous delight and originality. Few artistes have been as passionate about the invention, development and popularisation of African music which has been relegated to the background; I dig the root with my creativity in Ijala and Bata choreographed dance steps, thereby bringing into remembrance African traditional values and heritage.

ayanI play cool African rhythms; while my vocal prowess is not only melodious but the lyrics of my song dwell on love, tales, unity. It is infectious for it echoes African cultural history. The zeal for culture has raised my hope to a height beyond imagination because I believe in proven success, and I am determined to climb every mountain, search high and low, follow every hill till my dream as the highly rated musicians in the history of Africa becomes a reality.

My lyrics speak to humanity, so that everyone, everywhere will be able to feel it. I aim to make Africa proud. None of the great African artistes out there like Sade Adu, for instance, was groomed in Africa. As such, they cannot really project African values. I want to be the first home grown African artiste that would make such a telling impact as to make people look up and regard African culture and accept it for what it really is.”