Journal of
Music and Dance

  • Abbreviation: J. Music Dance
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2360-8579
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMD
  • Start Year: 2011
  • Published Articles: 23

Article in Press

Drumm?ng for soc?o-econom?c development: perspect?ves from Ghana and the Afr?can D?aspora

Kuwor Sylvanus Kwashie

  •  Received: 04 February 2021
  •  Accepted: 26 May 2021
Drumming within African societies does not only exist as entertainment tool but it also provides avenues for people to access their indigenous knowledge bodies required for community and nation building. Although African knowledge bodies largely dwell in oral tradition and heavily embedded in cultural forms including music, dance, language and different forms of visual arts, the advent of colonialism and its impact have reduced this unique tradition into act of paganism and heathenism. This paper uses multidisciplinary approach drawing on Ghanaian examples to examine how socioeconomic developmental knowledge is embedded in drumming and how these knowledge bodies can be extracted and used in developing African societies. The paper also reflects on Diasporic drumming practices and suggests the best ways drumming could be used as a tool for achieving socio-economic progress.

Keywords: knowledge, drumming, diaspora, education, culture and socio-economic development,