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date: 17 August 2019

Ajé ọbalocked

  • Amanda Villepastour


The largest gourd rattle in the Sẹ̀kẹ̀rẹ̀ family of instruments of the Yorùbá people of Nigeria and Benin. The gourd resonator is encased in a net to which cowrie-shell and sometimes glass bead strikers are attached. The rattle was once associated with the worship of Ajé, the Yorùbá òrìṣà (deity) of prosperity, symbolized by cowrie shells. Traditionally, this instrument was used only in the palace (...

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