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“Some Africans believe that it was through the sound of the drum that God gave man the ability to speak or to understand one another in contrast to the lower animals, to differentiate him from the lesser creatures. So this is in a way symbolic or figurative, but it is like how close the drum is to them. And you know, in our music the drum is like the mother of the music, it’s like the heartbeat.” – As serious as your life, Val Wilmer.