Music and the Underground Railroad: Talking Drum

Underground Railroad


Many people attempted to regulate the expression of those they enslaved. For example: some socieities banned the use of drums, which could be used as a means of communication that enslavers often could not understand. Despite this: Black creativity and expression persisted. In this video, musician Bruce Barnes shows us how a talking drum, used in some Nigerian societies, was used to communicate.


2 minutes, 6 seconds


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