Unlike western music, where the drum usually takes a backseat, most African music has a drum as its centerpiece. The drum has such a special role in community life that many African peoples see it as a part of the link between them and their creator. This presentation will focus on the ""sekere,"" a handheld drum from the Yoruba People of Nigeria. Using slides, video and pulsating demonstrations, Ms. Iyabunmi will explain how the sekere is made, the materials used, the special skills needed to play it well, and the meaning of traditional and modern Sekere music. This is a hands-on lecture, so children will learn how to play the sekere drum.
This event is free and open to the public. Contact Carolyn Turner-Harris at La Mott Free Library for more information.
The Outreach lecture Program is funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Please visit our Commonwealth Lecture Program page for more information."