As part of his itineraries in recent times, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is currently on a state visit to Oyo State.
He was in Maiduguri and Yola, two state capitals respectively, earlier this month.
On Saturday, the Vice President berthed in Ibadan, Oyo State capital and seat of government, where he was in audience with top echelons of the state, including Governor Abiola Ajimobi, deputy governor Alake Adeyemo, Special Adviser to the governor on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji; Secretary-General to Oyo Government, Mr. Olalekan, and a host of other state officials.
Instead of waiting to be entertained by his hosts going by tradition, however, the ebullient VP opted to entertain his hosts with a talking drum, otherwise known as Ilu Gangan in Yoruba land.
Historically, Ilu Gangan holds a special place in Yoruba tradition, and it is one of the choice instruments when it comes to playing music for relaxation and fun in social gathering.
The drum is generally employed to convey any message when beaten by the masters, and only those who are versed in interpreting drumbeats can understand the message being conveyed.
Talking drums can be used to relate messages that range from warning, to praise-singing or, sometimes, to beg the host for a gift.
It’s usually held under the arm, with the player pulling the adjustable strings to determine the pitch.
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