Miniature West African-style netted gourd rattle (Ewe axatse)

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This compact axatse is perfect for those times when you stumble upon impromptu
music-making sessions and want to join in.

The axatse (pron. ah-ha-cheh) is a type of netted gourd rattle of the Ewe
people of Ghana and Togo. Similar rattles occur elsewhere in West and Central
Africa under various names, including jabara (Mali and Guinea) and shegbureh
(Sierra Leone), and the axatse appears to have given rise to the Haitian asson
and the Brazilian afoxe.

Our version features betel nut seed strikers, which are strung onto white
netting. Dimensions: 6" l., 3 1/2" diam.

The following YouTube videos depict playing techniques: "Axatse"; "Kalani
Axatse"; "How to Play the Axatse (Rattle)"

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