I've been following this thread and wanted to clarify some misconceptions regarding the drums and use in Christian music.
If you go to page 14 in the "Drums" thread and look up my name (posting was on 03/24) and read my extensive post regarding drums and drumming history.
To that information, I'd like to add some other references so as to hopefully provide even more information to dispell the mis-information out there.
Here are the links:
History of the Snare drum:(Vienna Symphony Library)
http://www.vsl.co.at/english/instrument ... istory.htm
History of the Drum Set:
History of the Conga drum:
History of the Bongo Drums:
History of the Bata Drums:
[b]The bata drums are what I believe that everyone is talking about regarding drums used to worship other gods,NOT the bongo drums.[/b]
Also,the drumset would not be found at a Santeria,
Voudou,etc. ceremonies since the drums used are consecrated to those deities and ceremonies as the drums are made. And,one has to be an initiate to the religion to even see,let alone hear the sacred drums.
I don't think that any of us are,are we? :lol:
However,there are secular or profane bata drums called "aberínkula" that can be played by the non initiated. Makes for an interesting conundrum...
Something else to consider,the practioners of these religions also use their voices to chant,sing, and pray.
Should we then be silent since the voice is used for "evil" ? :o :roll: Of course not!
I have been playing the conga drum and other hand drums exclusively in the churches that I attended over the past 30 years and have been blessed by the Lord as I use the talent that He gave me to glorify Him! :D
And in glorifying Him,my fellow congregants are edified! :)