Uncategorized — January 27, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Ye-de-gbe – The Drums- Illustration by Bobby Carcassés



The core of the sound of YE-DÉ-GBÉ is a set of Arará drums that I commissioned from drum-maker Gilberto Morales in Matanzas and brought back to New York. From large to small, they’re called the yonofó, which is the lead drum, the apitlí, and the wewé. There is another drum, called the akotó, which has the largest diameter and the lowest pitch, and which does not always play. Those names are only within the Arará Sabalú tradition. If you go to Jovellanos they have different names, because that’s Arara Majino.

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