The Drum Speaks Still, Can You Hear It?
The Drum is the heart of African culture. There is no gathering worth speaking of where there is no drum. We know the centrality of music and drums, more specifically, during important occasions. What we have forgotten is the role of the drum as a means of communication. It was Twitter before, way way before Twitter.
In this demonstration, we learn about the history of this town, Bodomase in the Kumawu Traditional Area in the Asante (Ashanti) Region, Ghana. Here, we learn something profoundly significant about African cosmology (ways of seeing the world). The town, we are told, like every town and nation, has its origin in the Creator, who created human beings and nations everywhere. To be more specific, this Creator, created the founder of the town and the Bodom tree from which the town derives its name.
This profoundly significant because in the African mind, everything is connected precisely because everything is created by the Creator and has their origin in the Creator, who in this case, is gender-neutral. The Creator’s heart, we are told, is characterized by grace (full of grace). Additionally, The Creator is always creating.
Part of the African tragedy is that not many people alive today can hear and understand the drum. And that, my friends, is a big loss. So next time you hear the drums, remember it is calling your name, it is trying to communicate to you. And commit to investing in your own well being today and your future by learning more about your past, the African past. One way of doing that is reading more about African culture and history and better yet, signing up to go on one of the upcoming Heritage trips with @sankofanow Learn more at www.sankofanow.com
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