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In Africa, vine-grown gourds and tree-borne calabashes serve many purposes. They can be used as containers for cleaning rice, carrying water or milk, for holding food, and as resonators for harps, lutes, and other musical instruments.


An example of the latter is this offering, called a gita by the Bamana and other Mande-speaking peoples of Mali and Burkina Faso. A pyrographed half calabash with pairs of cowrie shells attached around the rim, this multi-function instrument can function both as a rattle and as a drum. For the rattle effect, you can cup it in the hands, the open side facing upward, and spin it around, causing the shells to create a rattling sound as they strike the body. For a drum-like sound, hold the body with the open end either held against the chest or placed face-down on a padded surface and tapping with the fists, the palms, and the fingers.


When not being used as a container or musical instrument, the item can function as a decorative accent to a room by placing it on a shelf or table or hanging it on a wall.

ConditionBrand New (New)
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Brand
Model
  • Folk instrument
Categories
Year
  • 2023
Made In
  • Mali

Eddie's Musical Offerings

Miami Gardens, FL, United States
Sales:45
Joined Reverb:2022

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