Our premium aslatua. With thicker string and filled with seeds for the traditional, rich and sandy sound!
Pronounced “us-la-twa”, this simple and unique traditional instrument (also known as asalato, kashaka, cascas, televi, kasso-kassoni) originates from Ghana. Each pod is a gourd from the Swawa tree. When the gourds dry and fall off the tree, children collect them then give them to elders who hollow and fill them with orange pebbles from the iron-rich soil of the Sahel. Babies and kids also love playing with aslatua as it makes a catchy sound!
Aslatua are played by holding and shaking one gourd in the palm while swinging the second gourd around, creating both sandy shaking sounds and percussive clicks when the two connect. They are typically played in pairs (one in each hand) and are capable of producing complex polyrhythms.
- Pod Size: 5 cm
- String Length: 10-11 cm
- Sold individually.
- This is a natural product, colour and shape may vary.
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The sound is great with the aslatua, however I should have read the product description better. I thought it was supposed to come in a set of two but it didn't, it was just the one. Still I like the fabric bag it came in and the sound.
Thank you for your feedback and for encouraging African craftsmanship! We understand your point, we will make the product description more visible to make sure you get exactly what you are looking for next time. We are pleased you like the aslatua with the fabric bag! Kindly revert to me regarding your second aslatua, we would be pleased to offer it to you, our gift!
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