Type: Idiophones > Metallophones > Bells.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.242
Region: West Africa.
Description: An agogô [in Yoruba: agogo, literal meaning bell] is a single or a multiple bell now used throughout the world but with origins in traditional Yoruba music and also in the samba baterias [percussion ensembles] in Samba festivals throughout Brazil.
The agogô may be the oldest samba instrument and was based on West African Yoruba single or double bells. The agogô has the highest pitch of any of the bateria instruments.