Drum Gahu Summary

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Ethan Gundry FOLK-F301 Week 11 Journal Drum Gahu by David Locke (Chapter 1) Week 11’s reading, Chapter 1: Introduction from the book Drum Gahu, provides great insight as to how the author became interested in African music. The first two sections provided a lot of great background about the author’s first trip to Ghana and his teaching experiences that have evolved to form his book, Drum Gahu. The influence of Ewe percussion on American jazz music is certainly a surprise, but it makes sense considering that Ewe performers began to teach their drumming in the United States in the 1960’s and 1970’s. This reading is especially interesting because it is from the perspective of a musical teacher, and not the outside opinion of a traditional writer. The author truly wishes to educate the readers, “… I make no overt attempt to modify your underlying attitude and motivation” (Drum…show more content…
Before this reading, the word “Gahu” would not have been thought to conjure general distaste for those successful African musicians who make it to Europe. Being interpreted as “money dance” or “iron vehicle” shows that the roots of the word point towards believing that these successful musicians have effectively “sold out”. Apparently getting paid to play this traditional Gahu music is not something that many Africans admire. Another interesting thing about Gahu music is that although it may seem to be simple and repetitive, all of the musicians listen to the entire ensemble, listening to “… a feedback network in which instruments ‘talk’ to each other in all combinations” (Drum Gahu 7). The dancers help to generate the drummer’s motivation to improvise and to inject their own bit of creativity to the performance. The entire combination of things that make up a performance by the Ewe people is much more complicated that thought originally, with each Ewe performing considering “their drumming as language” (Drum Gahu

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