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Description

Originating in West Africa, Kashakas are percussive instruments used to create both shaking and “click-clack” sounds by swinging two bean-filled balls around the hand so they tap each other in a rhythmic pattern.  In this fun, hands-on workshop, you will learn how to build and play your very own Kashaka!

Kashakas create both shaking sounds and percussive clicks by swinging the balls around the hand so that they tap each other.  Learning to catch the Kashaka can be difficult at first, but this enables a much larger variety of rhythms to be created.  Also, as players' hands are different sizes, it is important to play a Kashaka of the right size, as it makes learning how to play and master different rhythms much easier.  When a Kashaka is played in each hand by an experienced player, polymeters can be produced by playing two different rhythms with different time signatures.

Kashakas are considered a toy by some, and a percussion instrument by most.  They are also considered to be a skill-development tool that can help improve dexterity, ambidexterity, brain hemispheric synchronization, and even develop the ability to multitask.  Kashakas can also build muscle mass and improve flexibility in the hands, arms, shoulders and chest.  Kashakas are even considered to be  a meditative tool that can create a trance-like state, promote relaxation and reduce stress levels.

The Kashaka originated in West Africa, but has been reproduced in various countries under different names, such as Patica (Japan), Kosika (USA), Asalato, Kes Kes, Tchangot Tche, and many others.

Making a Kashaka is a great project for all ages, but an adult should be available to assist with one step that involves cutting. 

What You'll Need

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West African Kashaka Making- Percussion Instrument GLOkit

Your GLOkit will provide almost everything you need to make your kashaka- straight to you from Ghana.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need: 

  • Super Glue (e.g. Gorilla Glue/Krazy Glue) - should be quick drying
  • Scissors
  • Painting brush
  • Brown shoe polish (not black polish)
  • Garden clippers / wire cutters

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Michael BorteiView Profile

Hello!  I am Michael and I am an easygoing person who is caring and likes to make friends.

When I was thirteen years old I made a cup out of a coconut.  I also started making paper from sugar cane.  I found that I really liked making things with my hands.  I started using my hands to make a lot of different things, and that has continued throughout my life.  

My favorite thing about living in Ghana is that I have freedom to do lots of things.  We have great natural resources for making art.  We have more art than a lot of other places.  There are always many cultural events and arts festivals to attend.

In my hometown we have festivals, like the Chale Wote festival, where people come to showcase their artwork.  Where I grew up everything was centered around art.  In every celebration art played an important part.

I am excited to be a GLOMADO Instructor because I want people to know more about my culture, and the kinds of art we have here in Africa.  

In my spare time other than making things, I like to train and work on my fitness.  I am a bodybuilder.  I like to participate in bodybuilding competitions.  In fact, recently I won a fourth place medal, and was very proud!

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Very fun

by Emily on

This is a fun craft that the whole family enjoyed- ages 2 to 12. There is need for adult support for much of it. Fun and open instructor!

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West African Kashaka Making