Name: Aja.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Metallophones > Bells >
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Country: Nigeria, Benin, Cuba & Brazil.
Region: West Africa.

Description: The aja is a generic term for metal clapper bells of the Yorùbá people of Nigeria and Benin. Their most common use is in òrìṣà [orisha] cults where the aja punctuates prayers and incantations a-rhythmically and the aja is believed to invoke the deities. The instrument is also used in Cuba and Brazil, where it is known as adjá. The bells, which can be of iron or brass and of variable sizes, have an integral handle.

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