"Talking" drums for Ipswich International Cafe event
DRUMMER Tunde Solanke will bring a Nigerian flavour to the 39th International Cafe event in Ipswich on Saturday night.
Solanke, who has appeared at the Woodford Folk Festival for 15 years, will play his traditional "talking" drums and djambe drum on the night which is being put on by Ipswich Multicultural Projects.
The music style is called Yoruba and is played in Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
It is traditional music that is used at naming, wedding, burial and harvest ceremonies.
"The 'talking drum' is used to praise people," he said.
"In my drumming session I stop and interpret what it is saying to the people.
We use the drums in the markets to tell people what time the markets are on and what is happening. If we want to get someone's attention, we drum a bit louder.
"We use the drums in the markets to tell people what time the markets are on and what is happening. If we want to get someone's attention, we drum a bit louder.
"We will also be playing the shakers and cow bells."
Singing and dancing will also feature on what will be an interactive night. The night will include a three-course Nigerian meal. Mr Solanke will also hold a workshop on the Friday night before the event.
Ipswich Multicultural Projects vice-president Pat Keogh said the cafe nights had run for 10 years.
"We take some of the cultures that are present in Ipswich and introduce them to the broader community through their music and food," he said. "The aim is to get the cultures to understand each other and enrich each other.
*The 39th International Cafe is Saturday, January 12, at 6.45 at Ipswich Masonic Hall. Early bird tickets $20 include three-course meal. Phone 0414703842.