Natalie Wagner

Publication Date

Spring 1997


The aim of this paper is to determine whether or not female drummers are becoming a part of the tradition of drumming in Ghana. Much of the focus lies on the pioneer women's group in Ghana, the Aboase Dadziemba Mmensoun Cultural Group. It looks at the role they've played in liberating the women of Ghana and revitalizing a change in the traditional realm of drumming. The research touches on the definition of tradition: how it can embody change and still remain traditional. It looks at the institution of drumming in Ghana and evaluates the ever changing role of women within this institution.