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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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