talking drum

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talking drum

n.
A small West African drum, played with a curved stick and having a membrane stretched over one end or both ends of a narrow-waisted wooden frame by cords whose tension can be manually altered to vary the drum's tonality as it is played. Also called dundun.
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All these experiences, plus the behind-the-scenes graft of studio sessions, photoshoots and rehearsals, are detailed in Kabba's candid online video series "Diaries of a Pop Princess," as well as an eponymous print and online zine featuring makeup tips, quotes from her favorite TV shows and a tongue-in-cheek advice column authored by an imaginary Agony Uncle, Ken Kofi, whose avatar is a Ken doll trussed up in colorful Ntama, a traditional African wrap.
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