Burkina Faso 12" African Gita - Gourd Drum Bowl with Leather, Cowrie Shells, and Artwork

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Africa Heartwood Project
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Product Overview

The gita (GHEE-tuh) is a made of half of a thick calabash gourd with cowrie shell pairs attached around the open rim. It can be played like a drum, producing a variety of percussive sounds (especially when played with rings, small sticks, open hands, and fists), or it can be gyrated in two hands causing the shells to hit against the gourd in rhythm as an African dance accessory. Handcrafted in Burkina, this Gita will add a special authenticity to any world drumming ensemble. We have two styles of Africa Heartwood Project Gita drums available on marketplace from World Percussion USA. This one, from Burkina Faso, has a plain gourd with line-art that has been burned with the tips of hot metal pieces, that will show a variety of designs according to the pleasure of the artist (animals, geometric shapes, symbols, etc...) (World Percussion USA is the ONLY authorized seller of Africa Heartwood Project instruments on this marketplace. All other sellers claiming above to also sell this item as described are not honest sellers, so proceed with caution.)
  • 12" average outside diameter at the open end of the gourd
  • Gourd lined with 16-20 sets of cowrie shells
  • Leather lining top edge adds beautiful detailing and easy handling
  • Hand crafted in Africa by village cultural artisans supported by the non-profit Africa Heartwood Project
  • Use as an African dance prop, upside down as a drum, or as a decorative bowl


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