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One of the fundamental aspects within Asafo groups is music and instruments such as the speaking drums.

The Asafo kyen or "kyin" are special paramilitary drums that are often played to convey messages or send information across to its members and the community members at large, they have a constant and critical spiritual presence in Asafo performances are always presented at the forefront of the group alongside the leader.


This flag commissioned by Ikyen Kwesi depicts an offering of the drum to one of the members presumably for the Asafohema (female leader) who is protected by a cover, an important figure in many Akan communities.


c. 1970s


Made by Kobina Badowah & Sons at the Kormantse workshop.

Asafo Kyen (Drums)

  • 165 x 100 cm 

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