Add the mystery of ancient Africa to your decor with Worldstock's hand-carved shaker instrument.
Native Africans call these instruments 'shakers' because all one has to do is simply shake them to produce beautiful music. Handmade by talented artisans in Kumasi, Ghana, these instruments are a common site at a variety of African festivals.
The Story Behind the Product
Nana was born to a family of 9 children in the town of Kumasi in Ghana, West Africa. His parents divorced when he was only 8 years old and Nana became so rebellious that his mother sent him to live with his father in Tamale (in the Northern region of Ghana) when Nana was 12 years old. It was there that he developed an interest in art. He dropped out of school when he was 14 and started training with a master carver in Tamale. In 2000 Nana began selling his products through Worldstock. Nana is now married with 3 children and lives in Accra, Ghana. He is now a master carver with his own shop and 10 employees. Nana?s life has been so improved since he began working with Worldstock that he named his son after his contact at Overtsock.com.
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.
I love this shaker. I have been collecting world instruments as a way to introduce my small children to music,. They love them all and I am thrilled that overstock makes them available at such a wonderful price!!! If you like authentic products and want to support the developing countries this item is a great deal.
Poor construction and quality. Already falling apart after less than 5 minutes of playing. Should be used for decoration only. Not a playable instrument in my opinion.
I expected an instrument and recieved a display. Live and learn I suppose.
This is a nice sized gourd, dried and hollow, with a net containing shells attached at the wide end of the gourd. You can shake the whole thing, or hold the gourd still and slide the net & shells around the surface to make a different sound.
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