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Chekere


The shekere is an instrument from West Africa consisting of a dried gourd with beads woven into a net covering the gourd. Throughout the continent there are similar gourd/bead or gourd/seed percussion instruments. Some are the lilolo, axatse (Ghana), djabara (Guinea), ushàkà, and chequere. It is predominantly called shekere in Nigeria. The Agbe is a gourd drum with cowrie shells and is usually strung with white cotton thread. The Axatse is a small gourd, held by the neck and percussed between hand and leg. In Liberia, the net has a long "tail" through which the beads are manipulated.

The shekere is made from vine gourds that grow on the ground. The shape of the gourd determines the sound of the instrument. A shekere is made by drying the gourd for several months then removing the pulp and seeds. After it is scrubbed, skillful bead work is added as well as colour. The instrument is used for folkloric traditions as well as some of the popular music styles. In performance it is shaken and/or hit against the hands.

In Cuba the chekeré (always spelt thus) is also known as aggué (abwe) or simply guiro (a word that means 'gourd', though not to be confused with a different percussive instrument, more specifically know as a guiro worldwide, the latter being "raked" with a stick, and common, for instance in Salsa and Cumbia). The chekeré is a large, hollow gourd (~50 cm long, approx. 19 1⁄2 in) almost entirely surrounded by a network of cords, to which many coloured beads are attached. Widely used in Afro-Cuban sacred and popular music, it may be twisted, shaken or slapped producing a subtle variety of effects; musically, it is more flexible than maracas.

In Brazil, this African gourd rattle is called a xequerê. It consists of the gourd (cabaça) cut in the middle and then wrapped in a net in which beads or small plastic balls are threaded. The afoxé is a similar, smaller instrument.

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Beaded gourd instrument originally played in sets of three or more and divided into parts called: kachimbo,segundo e caja.

May also be played togheter with the guataca (agogo).

Also known as:
agbes or guiros
 

 

 

 

 


Special Thanks to:
our friend Laurent Lamy for providing us with the patterns and audiofiles available in this page.

 
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6/8 Basic patterns

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Pattern 2b performed by Laurent Lamy
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Pattern 4 performed by Laurent Lamy
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Pattern 4b performed by Laurent Lamy
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Latin Percussion LP485 LP Hi-Hat Shekere
Latin Percussion

Product Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 9 inches ; 1 pounds
Description
P and noted artist/educator Michael Spiro collaborated to create the LP Hi-Hat Shekere. The Shekere mounts to any hi-hat stand allowing drummers to add a hands-free shekere sound to their set-up. ...


Latin Percussion LP483 Pro Shekere
Latin Percussion

Product Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 11 inches ; 3.3 pounds
Description
The shekere’s history begins in Africa where this unique instrument serves as a shaker, a rattle, and a drum. Traditionally made from hollowed gourds wrapped in a lattice of stones, the instrument is played by shaking or twisting it to get shaker and rattle sounds or by hitting the bottom of the b ...


Meinl Percussion SH-R Premium Fiberglass Shekere, Red
Meinl

Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 12.8 inches
Description
The MEINL Synthetic Pro Shekere has the shape and feel of a natural gourd with the advantages of fiberglass construction. The net features large beads and is adjustable for desired response. The body has a furrowed surface that produces extra sounds, and a rubber lip assures comfort. ...


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