Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Bells > Clapperless >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.242
Region: Central America.
Description: Banká [ekón, ekóng] Bell used by the Afro-Cuban Abakwá people.
Construction: Two pieces of iron are shaped and joined with rivets or by forging or soldering, and a metal handle is attached. The joined edges are flattened so that the bell’s cross-section is somewhat oval and about 10 cm wide. Hitting it in different places produces different tones; the striker is commonly a hardwood stick.
Citations: Bibliography: Bibliography H. Courlander : ‘Musical Instruments of Cuba’, MQ , vol.28 , 227–40. Websites: