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date: 14 November 2019


  • J. Gansemans
  • , revised by F.J. de Hen


Basket rattle of the Luba of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is made from woven reeds and has a slightly curved piece of calabash as its base. Small stones or seeds inside produce a shrill rattling imitated by the Luba with the words ‘sákata, sákata’. This also indicates the typical rhythmic formula comprising two triplets with the accent on the first beat of each. The disakai is played by men and women to accompany modern songs and dances. Disakai can also designate a dried fruit rattle used only by women among the Luba of the Sampwe region. This type is also known to the Luntu (dikasa) and Luluwa (dikasa).

F.J. de Hen: Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Musikinstrumente aus Belgisch Kongo und Ruanda-Urundi (Tervuren, 1960), 23 G. Knosp: Enquête sur la vie musicale au Congo belge 1934–1935 (Tervuren, 1968) J. Gansemans: Les instruments de musique Luba...

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