The Dùndún Talking Drum of the Yorùbá Community in South-West Nigeria


  • Cecilia Durojaye



dùndún, Yorùbá, music, drum, culture


Numerous drum ensembles characterize the music landscape in Nigeria. The dùndún of the Yorùbá, however, provides a unique exemplar for the understanding of indigenous art forms in Nigeria in general and the Yorùbá culture in particular. Given the significant role of the drum among the Yoruba, the paper gives a detailed introductory insight into the dùndún tradition with a specific focus on the definition and origin, the dùndún ensemble formation as well as the musical and socio-cultural functions of the drum. The paper aims to contribute to the preservation and appreciation of indigenous music and musical instruments.



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