4 traditional reasons African women are not allowed to drum

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson November 16, 2018

Display and celebration of masculinity

As one of the most important and respected instruments, drums were put in the same bracket as men and soon became a more masculine instrument. Due to its domineering sound among all instruments as well as sharing various characteristics with men, it soon became a general belief that men and drums were very much alike since their roles in society were key to progress. Many rituals and celebrations could not be done without drumming and it was believed that society would not be able to progress without men who were the heads of families.


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