African Musical Instruments

African Musical Instruments


Shaker Kiss Kass - Hand woven in the Bolgatanga region of Northern Ghana from elephant reed harvested from rich flood plains. Using the same technique as the famous Bolga baskets, these hand percussion instruments are traditionally played along side drummers and were thought to ward off evil spirits.Traditionally named Caxixi (ca-she-she), they are usually played in pairs. Vibrant, fun shakers are great all-round percussion which produce a range of sounds depending on how they’re played.Please note that as these are handmade no two Kiss Kass shakers are identical. Pictures are provided for reference; colours varyA great percussion instrument for the little aspiring musician or makes a lovely decor piece in the home.6cm x 6cm x 12cm


Wrist Shakers: Approximate Dimensions (L x W x H): 10cm x 7cm x 6cm. Suits most wrist and ankle sizes. Our Ankle and Wrist shakers are one of our most popular items! Elasticated for comfort, these shakers are fantastic for dancers, facilitators, kids, or anyone wanting to keep time as they drum. The natural seed pods are tactile and visually appealing, and create a pleasant, watery sound.Made with natural materials!


Mini Maraca: Length: 12cm // Diameter: 4cmFilled with tiny beads which produce soft, crisp, sandy sound when shaken. The perfect acoustic accompaniment for kids to develop their rhythmic skills. Length: 12cm // Diameter: 4cmOne shaker per unit.


Shakers: Originating from Ghana and pronounced “us-la-twa,” the aslatua is played by holding and shaking one gourd in the palm while swinging the second gourd around. The simple and traditional percussive instruments are usually played in pairs (one in each hand) and are capable of producing complex polyrhythms.





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