The "bata" is originally from Nigeria and the Yoruban populations of Africa.
It is also found in Afro-Cuban culture via the slave trade from Nigeria and the
Congo. The bata pictured here is from northern Benin, and is conical in shape.
Commonly, this drum is hour-glass in shape, carved out of a single piece of wood
and covered with goatskin on each end. It is played with hands in both the Afro-Cuban
and Yoruban cultures (Nigeria), however, in Nigeria and surrounding areas, it
is also played with a stick or leather strap on one end. Traditional bata music
is played with a family of three drums, the "iya" (mother), the "itotole" (father)
and the "onkonkolo" (child). African populations that play bata brought rhythms
and drumming of their religions across the ocean, which gave way to the Santeria
in Cuba, Vodou in Haiti, and Candombe in Brazil.
The WORLD BEATS video features live,
costumed performances of ancient, ethnic, percussive traditions. Aaron Plunkett
puts it all together in this fascinating 33 minute program. SEE