Tribal dances are always performed to music of one form or another,
whether to erratic drum-beating with no particular rhythm, or to more
conventional sessions that include musical instruments. The types
and qualities of the music vary greatly among the tribes, but the one
thing they all have in common is the use of drums and the way they are
played. Drummers are usually prominent young men who play so vigorously
that they seem to work themselves into a trance. It's not obvious what is
real and what is posturing to the local young women, but the intensity
is there, nonetheless. With heads and limbs shaking wildly, the volume
and tempo of the percussion increase continuously as the hours go by.
Alcohol is commonly used as a stimulant before, during and after
performances, although it's unclear whom the alcohol seems to benefit
more: the drummer or those who have to listen to him.
|Country-Primary Location Name: ||Africa|
|Credit: ||Dan Heller|
|Object Name: ||drumbeat.jpg|
|By-line: ||Dan Heller|
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|Keywords: ||drumbeat, montage, africa||
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