These Master Series aslatua come to us direct from Ghana and they are awesome! With high-quality string, and seeds rather than pebbles inside (as in the standard model), they offer greater projection and a richer sound.
Pronounced “us-la-twa”, this simple and unique traditional instrument (also known as asalato, kashaka, cascas, televi, kasso-kassoni) originates from Ghana.
Each pod is a gourd from the Swawa tree. When the gourds dry and fall off the tree, children collect them then give them to elders who hollow and fill them with hard seeds traditionally used in the Sahel.
Aslatua are played by holding and shaking one gourd in the palm while swinging the second gourd around, creating both sandy shaking sounds and percussive clicks when the two connect. They are typically played in pairs (one in each hand) and are capable of producing complex poly-rhythms in skilled hands.
Pod Size (Diameter)
Small – 4cm
Medium – 5cm
Large – 6cm
Short – 9-10cm
Medium – 11-12cm
Long – 13-14cm
Finding the Right Size
On average, the correct string length will be found by taking the width of your palm at the base of the fingers and adding a centimetre. Pod size is a more personal factor, but as a rule: bigger hands, bigger pod. If you’re uncertain, feel free to provide your palm measurements in the comments section of the order and we will do our best to choose the perfect aslatua for you.
Watch our Aslatua in Action!