Wasembe Rattle

The wasembe (wah-SEM-bay) rattle creates a very loud, high pitch, striking sound when the gourd slices clack together. Versions of this instrument exist all throughout Africa, known by different names, including ratatak, telewasa, and wasaumba. It is played with quick downward motions, causing the gourd slices to move up and down the connector stick. It is 12″ tall with a solid Odum handle.

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Product Description

The wasembe (wah-SEM-bay) rattle creates a very loud, high pitch, striking sound when the gourd slices clack together. Versions of this instrument exist all throughout Africa, known by different names, including ratatak, telewasa, and wasaumba. It is played with quick downward motions, causing the gourd slices to move up and down the connector stick. This instrument features:

  • 12″ tall solid Odum wood handle and connector
  • About 5 pairs of dried calabsh
  • Handcrafted using natural materials in Ghana
  • As a handmade product exact appearance may vary from photos
  • The purchase of this product sustains livelihoods for cultural artisans in West Africa.

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
WAS +/- 7"X12" Wasmebe $15

Artists

Africa Heartwood Drum & Dance Ensemble

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