Sato drummer music links us with our beginning, life, God. Therefore, it is sacred. It is an unmistakably sign of deep spiritual fall when music rendering becomes sensually inclined.
Sato drums have the potency of driving away evil spirits, wherever they are beaten. The Sato drum is used and beaten in Akarakunmo during celebratory periods, particularly at burials of very old and renowned individuals.
The drums are approximately three metres tall and beaten with seven long drumsticks. Those who play the drums must jump simultaneously at the rhythm of the drum, wear traditional attire and perform acrobatic displays. Those who play drums must be orphans.
An orphan who has lost one parent can only use one hand to play the drum and an orphan who has lost both parents can use two hands. If both parents are still alive, you cannot play any of the drums. The drums are hollow and must be covered.
The main dancers and drummers of the Sato drums in Nigeria are the children of Kodjo, Avidagba and Tosavi. These are the people who originate from the areas of Agbokomeh, Lokossa and Dadapame (now called Wheaga).
Perfect for an outdoor piece.