Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Vessel > Rattle > Gourd >
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 112.13
Area: Yoruba Land, Nigeria.
Description: The Agbe or [ággüe, aggüé or chekeré] is an Afro-Cuban rattle; it is made of large gourd having a net of beads or sees on courts around the outside of the instrument. This technique of tying a net around the gourd and allows the rattle behave like external strikers.
Might be played in groups of three different sizes, the largest about 50 cm long. Nowadays a tin sphere sometimes substitutes for the gourd.
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