The KASHAKA is a simple percussion instrument consisting of two small gourds filled with beans (essentially, two small maracas connected by a string.) (other models also made of hard plastic for durability with slightly clearer sound)
One gourd is held in the hand and the other is quickly swung from side to side around the hand, creating a “clack” sound upon impact.
It originated in West Africa, but has been reproduced in various countries under different names: Patica (Japan), Kosika (USA). Other names include Asalato, Kes Kes, Tchangot Tche, etc…
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