Name: Banká.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Bells > Clapperless >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.242
Area: Caribbean.
Country: Cuba.
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 [1942], 227–40. Websites:

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