West African Drums
Drums are everywhere in Africa. Want to learn?
- Watch this video of a 4-year-old drummer in Mali and be inspired! (You don't have to watch the whole thing, but make sure you see him whoop and holler at about 1:04 :)
- Now play on your drum! Just experiment with different sounds and see what you can do.
- Then watch this video to learn six basic drumming sounds.
- Now practice!
Contrasts: Past and Future, Developed and Developing
One of the most striking things about Senegal (and probably many developing countries, both in Africa and beyond) is the juxtaposition between traditional and modern cultures. Watch these resources to explore these contrasts.
West African Music
Music in Senegal is all about the beat, and whether it's traditional or contemporary, you'll always feel the beat.