This gourd shaker is traditionally known as the axatse (ah-HOT-say) in Ghana, but is also known more generically as the shekere (SHEH-kuh-ray). Each dry, hollow calabash is hand selected for thickness and proportion, then dressed with a lattice work of Jobs Tear Seeds. The extra large axatse is played by gently tugging on the blue rope ends, by swirling or twisting the seed net, or with more intricate double handed techniques. All African Heartwood Project axatse are covered by our warranty, and
Strong gourd body is hollow and dried
Helpful carrying rope.
Whole natural seed beads intricately labrynthed in web of bright blue
rubber strip at the neck keeps seeds and string from coming loose
or sliding up the gourd