The Oduduwa Talking Drummers are a multicultural troupe founded by Ayan De First - Mr Culture. They showcases an authentic array of traditional sounds from different regions in Nigeria, including YORUBA, IBO, and HAUSA. The collective troupe also perform cultural and heritage music from other African countries such as Gambia, South Africa, Cote D’ Ivoire, Congo, Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Kenya, Zimbabwe etc.
The group uses mainly traditional musical instruments such as talking drums ensemble which comprises of Dundun (Iya Ilu), Aguda, Omele Isaaju, Atele, Gudugudu, Djembe, Palongo, Agogo, Sekere, Coral and Tama.
Traditionally, the talking drum is a unique musical instrument that mimics the voice and synthesizes language. As one of the main tribe in Nigeria, the Yorubas recognise the talking drum as a great traditional art forms, the body of the drum can also include carving, terracotta works, pottery, cast bronze and forged iron sculptures.
The Yoruba people are best known for their music and dance especially the communication ability of their talking drums which were used to call people’s names ,speak different languages,or give praise. They were also used in prayer or to recite poetry and or as a means of disseminating news from a royal family. The Talking drummers were the local media of a town/village.
Talking drums was introduced to Europe for the first time in the early 1960s when late Chief Duro Ladipo brought some drummers to the continent to perform outside their traditional ritual duties.
Then followed by Haruna Ishola, King Sunny Ade and Ebenezer Obey, who also brought some drummers with them to their tours in Europe.
Now, the talking drum is played worldwide and has influenced many mainstream music. In the late 1990s,a mainstream talking drum troupe was created and established in London by AYAN DEFIRST (Ayan Ayandosu) for the first time in Europe and history. Initially called Yoruba Talking Drummers then managed by Biyi Adepegba (Joyful Noise), they subsequently became Royal Talking Drummers and finally called Oduduwa Talking Drummers as the name ‘Oduduwa’ is the ancestor of the all Yoruba descendants.
Oduduwa Talking Drummers