Talking Drummer Boy

Umeh’s subject revolves around tradition and culture. The painting shows a drummer boy in an awkward position.  The canvas is worked on with articulated brisk strokes as the artist tries to isolate his primary subject from the group of drummers seen in the background.  The talking drum seen in this painting is common in West […]

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artiste Umeh Bede Lagos, Nigeria

Umeh Bede Ifeanyichukwu was born on the 12th of February 1965 in Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. Umeh enrolled into the famous Yaba College of Technology Lagos where he graduated with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in painting. He worked briefly as an illustrator with Arbil, an advertising agency in Bodija Ibadan before retiring into full-time […]

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Umeh’s subject revolves around tradition and culture. The painting shows a drummer boy in an awkward position.  The canvas is worked on with articulated brisk strokes as the artist tries to isolate his primary subject from the group of drummers seen in the background.  The talking drum seen in this painting is common in West Africa and used by griots. The talking drum – the gangan or dundun in Yoruba is often used as a praise-singing instrument in contemporary times especially in weddings and similar ceremonies.

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