Name: Chekere.
Type: Idiophones > Percussion > Rattles.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 112.1
Country: Many.
Regions: West Africa.
Acquisition Date: 1998.
Acquisition Source: La Habana [Havana] Cuba.

Description: The chekere is a shaken percussion idiophone. Its roots lay in Mandingo music in West Africa although it finds its self in Cuba under the same name [chekere] and Brazil. In Brazil the instrument is called xequerê.

Playing Techniques: The rattle is held by both hands the right hand holding the instrument and the left hand grasping onto the net. The rattle produces sound when the net is struck against the surface of the gourd.

Construction: The chekere is constructed from a gourd. Rather then having the rattle filled in with beans or seed such as the maraca or hosho. The rattle is made from a net consisting of string and seed loosely wrapped around the gourd.


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