Ogene Double Bells from Nigeria
The Ogene type of bell which is commonly used as a “master instrument” in a bell orchestra in the Omambala River basin of the Igboland, Nigeria . It is an instrument of the struck idiophone class and is made of iron by specialist blacksmiths. The bell has a flattish, conical shape, and is hollow inside. The sound itself comes from the vibration of the iron body when struck, which is made to resound by the hollow inside of the bell.
The larger double gong is used to applaud or praise people when the musician is on stage at social engagements. These gongs also act as time keepers, accompaniment with other drums in masquerade dances and by herbalist ceremonies in eastern Nigeria. Some western percussionists favor Oghenes for Afro-Latin flavored cha-cha-cha or mambo bell sounds that they describe in Spanglish as “muy autentico yet very easy to play.”
Comes complete with wooden striker.
Medium: 28cm x 18cm x 7cm
Large: 33cm x 26cm x 8cm