‘African’ drumming, the homogenisation of a continent – Media Diversified “Ethnic Elitism and Racism – so Lame and Easy Cultural Appropriation – Let’s have a drum circle tonight!

Ever heard the term ‘European string ensemble’, though? Probably not – because it doesn’t really mean much. Are we talking about a group of violins? Guitars? Contrabasses? A mixture of these and more?This brings me to my question – why are we still talking about ‘African drumming ensembles’?Consider the many different cultures and 54 countries that make up Africa. From the Habesha in the East, Arabs in the North, Twi in the West and Zulu in the South, the various languages and cultures number into the thousands. To put things into perspective, there are more languages spoken in Nigeria (520) alone than in the whole of Europe put together (28 official) (Ethnologue, 2017).

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