Calabash (percussion)

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Percussion instrument
Classification percussion
Hornbostel–Sachs classificationNaN

In African music, the calabash is a percussion instrument of the family of idiophones consisting of a dried half of a large calabash, which is struck with the palms, fingers, wrist or objects to produce a variety of percussive sounds. This instrument is used in traditional dances.


Warner Dietz, Betty and Olatunji, Michael Babatunde. (1965). Musical Instruments of Africa: Their Nature, Use, and Place in The Life of a Deeply Musical People. New York: John Day Company.

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