Fontonfrom – the talking drum
In the olden days, the main medium for communication in Ghana was the talking drum. Other times, a bonfire would be set up to release smoke high up the skies as a signal to nearby villages to solicit help in an emergency, thus the traditional address system.
Now the Talking drum, Fontonfrom which was used to mimic speech as a form of communication is now antiquated with the advent of technology commonly, telephony. This kind of drum was therefore played only during festive seasons such as Independence Day, grand durbars and festivals.
It is even more exciting to hear its rich sound floating though devices as it is being played before the news bulletin on the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation; an extra effort to display some culture to our new breed of technology raised children.
In case you thought that all efforts to show a wee bit of culture was absolutely defeated, you could rescind on that notion as technology has made it even easier to share our rich heritage not just to our generation but to the widest interested people you can imagine.
This is an effort made to preserve and display this aspect of Ghanaian culture worth Knowing; communication in the olden days made possible by the talking drum, Fontonfrom.