The introduction and high patronage of
foreign utensils has reduced the demand for the
“dadesen” (a traditional aluminium caldron in Ghana).
This is seen by this research as threat to the producers.
For this reason, the researchers realise the need to
diversify the use of the “dadesen” to assure the
livelihood of the local artisans who make them and also
to save the craft for posterity. This led to a physical
analysed of the form which suggested drum shells. This
led to a factor analyses of how a drum /shell can be
produced from the “dadesen” and subsequently a drum.
These were done in consultation with drum carvers and
experts from the localities through interviews and
observation. Consequently, the researchers arrived at
defined means of executing “dadesen” drum shells and
subsequently employed the Ghanaian traditional talking
drum making process to stretch the animal skin on the
metal shell. This led to the production of a pair of
talking drums. These drums were thoroughly tried and
the sounds were good. It is therefore concluded that the
“dadesen” is a potential form for making of drums. This
is highly recommended for another genre of drums.
Keywords : Caldron, “Dadesen”, drum, drum shell, animal skin.