Publication Date

Spring 1998


The aim of this paper is to establish how people in one Akan community, Kitase, learn how to drum. In order to establish this, the history of drumming, role of drumming, and an introduction to the people who drum in the community is examined. The second section of this paper details the manner in which people learn how to drum discussing when they lean, who teaches them, and the techniques used. The last section looks at the role of the Kitase Junior Secondary School in drum education and explores the importance of the school in the continuation of drumming. Many factors influence and help a person learn to drum. Acquiring the knowledge of the art of drumming takes place over a lifetime creating an internal feeling of beat within the person.