BATA - From Sacred Spirit to Cultural Icon

Bata: From Sacred Spirit to Cultural Icon encapsulates the evolution of Bata drums from their origins as sacred spirits in traditional beliefs to becoming cultural icons in contemporary society. It highlights the transformation of Bata drums from purely spiritual instruments to symbols of cultural heritage and identity emphasising the dynamic nature of tradition and how it adapts over time. It explores how the use and perception of Bata drums have shifted, with their inclusion in religious settings like churches and mosques, which were not traditionally associated with them.

Filmed in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Shot and Edited by Olalekan Olafusi

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