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Two freshly painted large atsimevu drums at the workshop of Bob Tengey. The atsimevu is the largest and one of the most important drums that the Ewe have. Used in most forms of music, played with two sticks, or stick/hand combination. These are taller than me and are usually played slanted on a stand. They are super loud and can be heard miles away. They are also used to signal to townspeople and neighbouring villages about upcoming funerals or musical meetings. The azagunor (master drummer) will play rhythms of a particular drum/dance style which people will recognize as Atsiagbekor, Adzida, Kinka etc and know that the next day that music will be played in the village they are hearing the rhythm emanating from.

Akatsi, Volta Region, 2007

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