DRUMS OF THE WORLD

Nomad River drum New Guinea






Nomad River drum New Guinea
Bedamuni people
Properly tuned, the drum has to sound two-toned, somewhat like `ba-u´(from low to high) otherwise the performance is not right. This sound is said to be the voice of Awamuni, the culture hero that gave the Bedamuni their cultural identity.
An intriguing detail is that drum rhythm and the bodily movement of the performer should not be in phase.
In fact, when a ceremony has a number of performers (sometimes three or four) they too will not drum in phase.
This, together with burst of singing from groups of young girls in the men´s sleeping area,
makes the whole performance completely cacophonic to the untrained ear and eye, yet strangely impressive.
excerpt from the book:
Living Spirits with Fixed Abodes - edited by Barry Craig, page 192.
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