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Talking Tones and Singing Speech among the Yorb of Southwest Nigeria

The bata is one of the most important and representative percussion traditions of the people in southwest Nigeria - Amanda Villepastour provides the first academic study of the bata's communication technology and the elaborate coded spoken language of bata drummers.

Ethnomusicologist Amanda Villepastour's research interests include the music of Africa and the African diaspora (with a focus on the Yorùbá), gender, organology and linguistics. Dr Villepastour’s recent monograph Ancient Text Messages of the Yorùbá Bata Drum: Cracking the Code (Ashgate 2010) is a study of the drum’s speech surrogacy system.


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Date and Time:

4 December 2012 at 4:30 pm


1 hour



Cardiff University School of Music
Corbett Road
CF10 3EP


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