wassakhoumba

Wassakhoumba

The  wassakhoumba  (in Soussou language) is  a  hand-held  shaker.  It is made out of a curved or angled stick, on which  several  pierced  calabash  disks  are  threaded. There  are different  types  of wassakhoumba, each traditionally used by a particular ethnic group (Peul or Soussou).
It is usually played in pair. They are shaken up and down to provide a crisp, clapping sound.
The wassakoumba originated in Guinea (west Africa). It  was  traditionally played  during  specific young man's initiation ceremonies.
Peuls often play it accompanied by a flute called Fule Tambin.

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