Televi Shaker

Posted at July 21, 2013 | By : | Categories : Percussion | 0 Comment

televi shakerConsidered a children’s toy in Ghana, the televi, aslatua, or patica is a rhythmic/percussive instrument that is traditionally made from two small gourds filled with beans that are connected by a short piece of braided sting. With a pair in each hand – one gourd being cupped in the palm while the other being free to spin in a similar way to the New Zealand poi – a rhythm is created by the shaking of the beans and when the free gourd creates a ‘clack’ upon impact with the palmed gourd. Rhythms can be varied according to the skill and creativity of the player. Patica are now also being made from synthetic materials.