Adaptation of the Local Ghanaian Caldron (“Dadesen”) for Drums Shells

Authors : Kafui Kwesi Agyeman; Harold Awuley Quaye; Frederick Ampah Clement; Theophilus Agyekum Sarpong

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 6 - June

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DOI : 10.38124/IJISRT20JUN892

The introduction and high patronage of foreign utensils has reduced the demand for the “dadesen” (a traditional aluminium caldron in Ghana). This is seen by this research as threat to the producers. For this reason, the researchers realise the need to diversify the use of the “dadesen” to assure the livelihood of the local artisans who make them and also to save the craft for posterity. This led to a physical analysed of the form which suggested drum shells. This led to a factor analyses of how a drum /shell can be produced from the “dadesen” and subsequently a drum. These were done in consultation with drum carvers and experts from the localities through interviews and observation. Consequently, the researchers arrived at defined means of executing “dadesen” drum shells and subsequently employed the Ghanaian traditional talking drum making process to stretch the animal skin on the metal shell. This led to the production of a pair of talking drums. These drums were thoroughly tried and the sounds were good. It is therefore concluded that the “dadesen” is a potential form for making of drums. This is highly recommended for another genre of drums.

Keywords : Caldron, “Dadesen”, drum, drum shell, animal skin.


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