These natural percussion instruments are created in West African from “calabash” gourds selected for their smooth, round shape. After these gourds reach a certain size, they are cut in half, scraped clean and carefully dried and cured. The calabash can then be played in any number of ways. Commonly used as a water drum, inverted and floated on top of a water-filled container and struck with either hands or a soft mallet, has a killer bass tone. Or, our favorite way at Beautiful Sounds, simply lay the Calabash down on it's flat edge down on a soft surface and strike the top with the ball of the fist, makes a bassy thud, or hit it with different strikers to elicit many different kinds of sounds. This is an instrument to experiment with!
We select the best Calabash from our supplier, including a nice rounded smooth top and even cut bottom for easy and stable playing on the floor or or other flat surface.
NOTE: These instruments are not always in stock, so please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability before ordering!