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African Shaky Egg
Aoka (Côte D'Ivoire)
Asalato (Japan)
Aslato (Ghana - Ga)
Aslatua (Ghana - Twi / Ashanti)
Bakayo (Gambia)

Banakula (USA)
Ball Shakers (USA) Boogiballs

Cas-Cas Shaker
Cha Cha (Cameroon)
Click-Clack-Calabash Rattle
Dopplerassel (Germany)

Kash Kasha (Sudan)
Kassang Kassang (Senegal-Djola)
Kasskass (France)

Kasso Kasso (Mali)
Kasso Kassoni (Mali)



Kesskess (France)

Kissen Kissen (France)

Kitikpo (Ghana-Ewe)
Koko Rattle
Kosika (USA)

Kosso Kossoni (Mali)

Kpon Kpon (Ghana-in the street)
N'chakala (Indonesia?)
Patica (Japan)
Petit Balafon (Burkina Fasso)
Po Po (Ghana-in the street)
Shak Shaka (Sudan)
Shake Shake (Sierra Leone)
Salicaba (Gambia-Sonike)
Salogoba (Gambia-Malinke)
Sympatika (USA)

Televi (USA, Ghana-Ewe)
Terebi (Japan)
Thelevi (Togo)
Twin Ball Rattle



Kashakas originate in West Africa, where they are known by a large variety of names. Many of the names are onomatopoeic, which means the name is derived from the sound you get when using the shaker.

Others are named after the gourd, which comes from the Swawa tree (which is also known by many other names).

Why do some countries have several names? Sometimes there are many different tribes, or unique cultural groups, that live in the same country. This is one of the legacies of colonialism. Each group may speak their own unique language or dialect, and have their own name for Kashaka. Sometimes the city name is different from the name used in the countryside.

Ghana is a good example of all the variety out there: so far we've heard of 6 different names used in this country alone! In the streets of Accra, the capital, Kashakas are often called Kpon Kpon, or Po Po. Ghana has many cultural groups throughout the country, and all of them are represented in Accra.

The Ewe people call Kashaka both Televi and Kitikpo (depending on whom you speak with), whereas the Ga people call them Aslato. Aslato is a combination of two Ga words that mean "snuff container", which was the original use for the gourds over a century ago.

The Twi and Ashanti peoples use a similar word, called the Aslatua.

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