Street Performers Combine Scottish Bagpipes And African Drums

Street Performers Combine Scottish Bagpipes And African Drums

Watch how these street performers combine Scottish bagpipes and African drums to create a unique performance.


Street performers sing, dance, and play all different kinds of instruments in cities all over the world. There aren’t really sign up sheets for performing on a certain street, so it’s possible these talented people cross paths from time to time.

I’d assume that one person would give the spot to the other or wait their turn. But these two musicians decided to share the stage — even when their instruments and styles may initially seem mismatched.

Their decision created one of the most unique renditions of a classic bagpipe song. Just listen!

The drum looks like a djembe, the most versatile and widespread African drum. Historians say that a tribe in West Africa first invented it in the 1300s. And now, children all over the world may get to play and learn about it in their school music classes!

The specific shape allows players to create a range of pitches. The note also depends on the hitting technique and where the drum is hit. If you haven’t seen someone play a djembe, you’re truly missing out!

Bagpipes come from a country thousands of miles away from Africa. Or did they? Historians disagree about the true origin of bagpipes. Some believe the instrument comes from ancient egypt while others say it originated in Ireland. Regardless, bagpipes appear in the history of both countries in similar forms with little differences.

The current Scottish bagpipes, like the one in the video, were created around the 1500s. The unique instrument improved over the next couple of centuries through added drones (sticks) and notes.

From entirely different backgrounds, the bagpipes and the African drum successfully united their cultures to perform a one-of-a-kind street performance.

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