Dimensions: 11 1/2" h., 7" diam.

Gourd rattles with an external network strung with bead, seed, shell, or bamboo strikers occur widely in West Africa, from the Congo/Angola region in the south to Mali and Senegal in the north. This offering was crafted by Pan-African Arts and is modeled on the akasa, a netted gourd rattle of Ghana's Ga people.

It features a mix of maroon, yellow, and green glass and pony beads strung onto gold netting (with braided upper and lower collars to prevent slippage).

In play, the instrument is hung around the neck by means of a cord. Like the sekere of the Yoruba people of Nigeria and Benin, the akasa might be thought of as a combination rattle-drum. This is because, in addition to being shaken as a rattle, the player also can tap the neck or shoulder of the instrument with the fists (or fingers) to produce a drum-like sound. Another interesting technique involves using the palm to tap the mouth of the gourd; this results in a sound similar to that of the udu, a pot-like ceramic instrument of Nigeria's Igbo people.

An example of one playing technique is provided in the following videos (): "Ogbame @ Eden 1080p"; "Wulome Rehearsal - Accra, Ghana (2004)";

"Wulome Live Performance video (part 3 -- 1:12).

ConditionBrand New (New)
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  • Folk instrument
  • 2023
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  • United States

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