Barbados: African drums

Titilayo takes issue with the common perception that it isn't hard to learn to play African drums. “It is generally accepted that learning to play the violin or the trumpet or the piano or the guitar or other “real instruments” requires (even if self-taught) some sort of systematic approach, discipline, practice, effort, attention to developing the skill and improving the technique,” she says. “But with African or Afro-Caribbean drumming, there's “nothing to learn”.

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