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 in pair.
- This is a natural product, colour and shape may vary.
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Unfortunately the string was a bit too small for my hands so I had to buy another set elsewhere. Not sure, but I might have just missed this aspect when reviewing the item specs. Otherwise a cool item and I’d love to get a set that fits my hand size.
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review, it makes our day. We are also grateful for your kind words. If you wish to exchange for free your aslatua for a different size, please let me know! Thanks for sharing your passion for authentic African products! Pamela
The sound and weight and strength is good. The only issue is that the string on one of the seeds seems to be attached at an angle, so I always keep that seed in my hand, and let the other one swing.
Thank you Prentiss for your review and for encouraging African craftsmanship. We are passionate and your positive and valuable feedback is truly melting our hearts. Wishing you a great day ahead.
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