The shekere (from the Yoruba Ṣẹ̀kẹ̀rẹ̀) is an ancient traditional percussion instrument of West Africa. Popular from Senegal to Nigeria, they are a central feature of traditional Ewe music. In Ghana and Togo they are called “axatse”, in Mali and Guinea as “djabara”. The body is a dried gourd which is hollowed, cleaned and threaded with a net of small seeds or beads. They produce crisp or sandy effects to depending on how they’re played.
As these are made from natural gourds there is a natural variation in sizing.