Classic Atoke Bells

Also known as the apitua, banana , and toke bell, the atoke bell is shaped like a canoe, and is traditionally played by resting in an open palm and striking the edges with a metal beater. The bells come in a set of three, 7″, 9″, and 12″ bells with a metal striker for each bell.

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Product Description

This family of atoke (ah-TOE-kay) bells forms part of Anlo-Ewe percussion ensemble music in Ghana, Togo, and Benin. Also known as the apitua (ah-PEE-too-ah), banana , and toke bell, the atoke bell is shaped like a canoe, and is traditionally played by resting in an open palm and striking the edges with a metal beater. The atoke also doubles as an effective dunun bell, by slipping it through the vertical ropes on a horizontally positioned dunun. The atoke features:

  • Sizes included: 12″ large, 9″ medium, 7″ small
  • hand forged from recycled iron by expert blacksmiths in Togo
  • clear, crisp tones that are easily heard when the ensemble is playing
  • metal striker included with each bell
  • due to handcrafted nature of this instrument, each bell has unique pitch and sound quality
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
ATOKSET 12", 9", 7" Atoke Bell set $50

Artists

Africa Heartwood Drum & Dance Ensemble

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