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date: 22 September 2019

Towalocked

  • Konin Aka

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Large gourd vessel rattle of the Baule people of the Ivory Coast. It has an external net strung with cowrie shells or pearls and is used mainly on ceremonial occasions to mark the appearance of masked dancers. It especially evokes the most powerful divinities who protect Baule villages. It also accompanies war songs.

Towa is also the name used by the Agni-Bona and Agni-Diabe peoples for a calabash rattle with a handle, containing seeds or gravel. The Abron call this calabash rattle touwa, sèssègo, or sèssèdjigo. Among these peoples, it is used by women to accompany funeral and rejoicing dances. Tobaha is the vernacular name of a tin rattle with a handle, used by the Ehotile people; it is played by men to accompany the funeral and rejoicing dance called kpandan. One player shakes two of these rattles.

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