Out of all the modern day instruments, none has a longer history than the drum. Drums are found throughout the world, in practically every culture, and are known to have existed since at least 6000 BC. Almost everywhere they have strong ceremonial, sacred, or symbolic associations. In much of Africa, certain drums symbolize and protect tribal royalty and are often housed in sacred dwellings. In fact you can say the drum was actually the first form of telephone. Tribes, with use of the drum would communicate with other tribes often miles away.