to Musicians and Friends of Musicians
the website-in-progress for A Drummer's Testament,
which is the
product of a collaborative ethnographic effort. Led by
John M. Chernoff
and Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulai, a
team of elders and translators gathered and preserved extensive
lectures on Dagbamba music, history, and culture.
web-based publication of A Drummer's Testament
is intended to provide free access to that living body of
cultural knowledge and thought.
In addition to research consultants, other
principal collaborators were Kissmal Ibrahim Hussein, Benjamin
Danjumah Sunkari, Mustapha Muhammad, Alhaji Mumuni Abdulai, and
Rev. Daniel A. Wumbee.
How to Navigate This
The full table of
contents below and the top menu above both have links only to
currently posted chapters and files.
Each chapter has a portal page
that has links to:
the chapter text
both as a webpage and as a PDF file that can be downloaded and
a paragraph-by-paragraph outline of the chapter, with links to the major sections of the chapter's content;
a section that excerpts proverbs and sayings from within the chapter;
a section that lists names, places, and Dagbani terms in the chapter's text;
when relevant, links to images, to audio files, or to supplementary aids for managing information.