These old drums were just sitting in a corner of Ketou's community centre & caught my interest. Drums are generally known as tam-tams in Benin, although sometimes people would borrow the Bamanakan word (Bamanakan being a language found in Mali) 'djembe.'
Wikipedia has some interesting info on djembes:
"As a result of the goblet shape, the density of the wood, the internal carvings, and the skin, there is a wide range of tones that can be produced by the djembe. The rounded shape with the extended tube of the djembe body forms a device known in physics as a Helmholtz resonator, giving it the deep bass note. The primary notes are generally referred to as "bass," "tone" and "slap", though a variety of other tones can be produced by advanced players. The slap has a high, sharp sound and the tone is more "round" and full. The bass is the lowest."
At any rate, whatever you call them, tam-tams are an important part of Benin's fascinating culture.
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salvator (19102) 2007-11-06 1:42
Very nice play with colors. The blue background and the colorful tam-tams go well together. May be a little bir more saturation and contrast could turn this photo into a feast to our eyes.
Best regards. Salvator.
Miguel82 (17319) 2012-06-01 4:56
A magnific capture of these drums
very informative shot
Excellent colors and good sharpness
- Copyright: Caleb Ficner (kwekwekan) (946)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-12-14
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix FX-01
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Benin, Un-forgotten
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-01 11:15