The shekere (from Yoruba Ṣẹ́kẹrẹ) is a West African percussion instrument consisting of a dried gourd with beads woven into a net covering the gourd. The instrument is common in West African and Latin American folkloric traditions (such as Capoeira) as well as some of the popular music styles. In performance, it is shaken and/or hit against the hands.
The shekere is made from gourds that grow on the ground. The shape of the gourd determines the sound of the instrument. A shekere is made by drying the gourd for several months then removing the pulp and seeds. After it is scrubbed, skillful beadwork is added as well as color.
Our artist-craftsman "Spidy" creating the Shekere by hand. He creates every instrument with care and it is made from a cabaça-like gourd. The net has beads with different colors for beauty and sound are woven into it.
The different type of beads determines the sound. Among the variables are the material of the beads, their size, net density and the overall quality of woven work. The second factor is the gourd. The size of it and the cleaning quality after it is dried.
Each piece is unique and hand-made. This means the sound of each piece has slight differences from one instrument to another. But nevertheless, all of them looks and sounds beautiful!