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Female Drummer Ara Says She Taught Herself How to Play the Talking Drum

Top Nigerian female Ara, drummer, has revealed that playing the talking drum was self-taught.

Female Drummer Ara Says She Taught Herself How to Play the Talking Drum


The self-acclaimed “queen of drums” spoke about her career in an interview with Channels TV.

She said she learned how to play the drums by watching the men perform, adding that they “refused” to teach her.

Ara said she listened to Nigeria’s veteran singers and learned how to play the drums to their sounds.

This, the music personality said, was to further enhance her skills.

“I learned how to play the talking drum by watching the guys play because they refused to teach me. So I watched them play. I bought the music of people that I look up to in the industry,” she said.

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My father had a huge collection from Fela to Ayinla Omo Wura to Yusuf Olatunji to King Sunny Ade and everybody. So I learned to play with them.

I listened to even Lagbaja when I was learning how to play because I love Lagbaja a lot. So I listened to all of their music and I trained my ear to listen differently and play differently.”

Ara is regarded as the foremost female drummer in Africa with a career that spans over two decades.

The 47-year-old has performed at both local and international events, once sharing a stage with Stevie Wonder.


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