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 orange pebbles from the iron-rich soil of 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,
Pod Size (Diameter)
Small – 4cm
Medium – 5cm
Large – 6cm
Short – 9-10cm (back in stock March 2019)
Medium – 11-12cm (in stock)
Long – 13-14cm (in stock)
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!