Type: Aerophones > Reeds > Shawms.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 422.112
Region: West Africa.
Description: The algaita [also, alghaita, algayta or algheita] is a double reed wind instrument from West Africa, especially among the Hausa and Kanuri peoples. Its construction is similar to the oboe-like rhaita and the zurna. The algaita is distinguished from these other instruments by its larger, trumpet-like bell. Instead of keys, it has open holes for fingering, similar to the zurna.
Citations: Bibliography; Discography; Music From the Villages of North Eastern Nigeria Folkways, 1971 ; Music of the Cameroon – The Fulani of the North Lyrichord 73334 ; Use in Jazz Recordings by Yusef Lateef, In Nigeria – YAL Records, 1983 ; Yusuf Lateef, The African-American Epic Suite 1984 ; Youtube Video Adouma “algaita” Ousmane – musician for the Sultan of Aïr – Agadez, Niger by Sahel Sounds ; Sahel Sounds / Sultans Of Swing / ;