"Then from the distance came the faint beating of the ekwe."
Traditional Ekwe Drum
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The ekwe is a type of drum used for music, religious ceremonies, cultural events, and rituals in the Igbo culture. It is usually carved from a hollowed out tree trunk, and has two rectangular cavities at either end of the instrument. There is a horizontal slit that connects these cavities. Ewkes come in all sizes, varied depending upon their use. The ekwe gives special signals to the Igbo people about meetings, announcements, theft, and other emergencies. In this part of the book, the ewke is being used as part of an ozo dance, signifying the acquisition of titles from ones clan. It is part of a ceremony consisting of music, dancing, and feasting.