A hand held bunch of palm fronds tied together and used in the Amazon as both a rhythm and healing instrument. In a healing, the chacapa is rubbed and rattled over or near the patient’s body to capture or brush out the spirit intrusion. Once he has it in his chacapa, the shaman then blows through the leaves to disperse the intrusion into the rainforest where the spirits of the plants absorb and discharge its energy.
Please note: The leaves of the chakapa will arrive dry and brittle. It is normal that the some leaves will break and fall off with use. Steaming the leaves prior to use can help to bring back some supplness.
Our very percussive seed pod cacho, or shaker, is handcrafted from a native gourd which is burnished and etched with geometric designs. Colorful bird feathers are added to the top and a tassel is attached with black braided cord. Colors and sizes vary. Handcrafted in Peru.
These xylophones are carefully calibrated musical instruments that produce an amazingly resonant sound with warm, round tones greater than that of steel xylophones.
This West African percussion instrument includes 8 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument. Mallets included.
Measures approximately 20” long x 12” wide x 10” tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.
These African balaphons are traditionally crafted in Senegal using wooden note planks, cotton cord, and calabash gourd resonators.
This West African percussion instrument includes 16 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument. Mallets included.
Measures approximately 29-30” long x 14” wide x 6-7” tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.
Kalimbas (also known as finger pianos or mbiras) are an African percussion instrument from the Lamellophone instrument family. The kalimba is comprised of a hollow resonator, which vary from handmade boxes to calabash gourds, and metal tins.
These rustic mbiras are created around a hollow wooden box with burned designs by artisans in Kenya. The box is held with both hands, and the ten recycled metal tines fitted with tin can buzzers are plucked to create an unmistakable African sound.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.