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Drum Lore

Banda Dance

WHEN DRUMS WERE OUTLAWED
 
In parts of the antebellum South ,
black slaves were barred from banging drums
slowly or other wise .
 
" What ever master or overseer shall permit
his slaves,  to beat, blow horns or loud Instruments , "a 1755 Georgia colonial law
decreed,
 
shall forfeit 30 shillings Sterling's for every such offence . " There were similar statutes
elsewhere in the South ".
 
Of course , the prohibition had nothing to do
with noise pollution .
 
In the U.S. as In their native Africa , blacks
beat out long - distance messages to one another on drums , and often these messages
were calls to revolt .
 
Indeed , state militia units were sometimes
able to quash rebellions - in the making after
receiving advance warning from the telltale
drum calls .
 
To be sure , African drum music was an effective means of long - distance communication .
 
For one thing , It was far more complex in it"s rhythms and structures than western music and thus difficult for whites to " OVERSTAND ".
 
 
For another,  drums could approximate the tones and pitch of human speech, so slaves  actually  were able to " talk " to each other
and thus convey intricate messages - not
just code - like signals .
 
The drum statues were not easy to enforce , nor did it keep blacks from communicating musically in other ways - - such as clapping or stamping their feet .
 
Along with most slave laws , the drum statues were repealed during the reconstruction era .
 
"Don"t believe the hype ", the force of the
drum is still revealing it"s self .
            ( Papa gede nibo bey - Hugan Huntor }
     

Hatien rap

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