The aslatua (ah-SLAH-too-uh) is a unique hand percussion toy that will capture your attention with its tricky polyrhythm. This simple instrument (also known as aslato, kashaka, cascas, televi, kasso-kassoni, and more) is played by holding one gourd in the palm while simultaneously shaking and swinging the second gourd. The gourds come from the Swawa tree in West Africa, which are dried, hollowed, filled with pebbles, and connected with a string. You'll have hours of fun playing with this traditional African instrument.
- Two small, strong Swawa gourds filled with tiny pebbles
- Strong connector rope, securely fastened to each gourd
- Multiple uses: conventional "egg" shaker; polyrhythmic percussion instrument
- Great gift for any percussion enthusiast
HOW TO RESIZE THE ASLATUA STRING TO FIT YOUR HAND
- 1. Release the string from one pod by carefully removing with a sharp object the glue around the gourd plug holding the string in place.
- 2. Set the string at the length you desire to fit your hand and place the gourd plug back into place. You should be able to fit two fingers of the non-playing hand between the string wrapping over the top of the knuckles and the knuckles of the playing hand.
- 3. Secure the plug and string in place with wood glue, tacky craft glue, or super glue. Allow sufficient time to dry.
- 4. Play!
|Dimensions||1.5-2.5" gourds connected by 6" of string|
|Country of Origin||Ghana|