Type: Double Reed > Shawms > Aerophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 422.112
Region: West Africa.
Description: The algaita [also, alghaita, algayta or algheita] is a double reed wind instrument from West Africa, especially among the Hausa and Kanuri peoples. Its construction is similar to the oboe-like rhaita and the zurna.
The algaita is distinguished from these other instruments by its larger, trumpet-like bell. Instead of keys, it has open holes for fingering, similar to the zurna.
Citations: Bibliography ; Discography ; Music rom the Villages of North Eastern Nigeria [Folkways, 1971] ; Music of the Cameroon – The Fulani of the North Lyrichord 73334 ; Use in Jazz Recordings by Yusuf Lateef, In Nigeria – YAL Records, 1983 ; Yusuf Lateef, The African-American Epic Suite 1984.