Honestly Made African cabasa with shells

Code: PP656 £12.50 RRP £15.99 £10.42 ex. VAT
10+ in stock
  • Crafted in Ghana using traditional materials and methods
  • Produces a lovely 'chichichi' sound when played
  • Made from a gourd with dozens of tiny shells
  • Approximate length: 25cm
  • Responsibly sourced
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Introducing the Percussion Plus Honestly Made African cabasa with shells

The main body of this cabasa is made from gourd, a large fleshy fruit with a hard skin that is dried and hollowed out. Dozens of beads are a suspended by a web of string around the outside, providing the well-known cabasa sound.

As they are made from naturally grown gourd, sizes will vary, especially from season to season. This creates a wonderfully unique instrument, always expertly crafted in Ghana using traditional techniques.

This African cabasa is sourced using Fair trade principles. See below for more information about the Honestly Made range of musical instruments from Percussion Plus.

These items are musical instruments not toys and there may be small parts on or in some of them. Younger players should use them under supervision.

A classic cabasa sound

Modern cabasas are made using metal beads wrapped around a metal cylinder. This instrument is made much more like the original African cabasas these modern instruments were based on, producing a gentler sound. Play by rolling it in your palm, or for a more precise sound roll it between your hand and leg.


Percussion Plus Honestly Made products are manufactured in independent family workshops that are too small to join Fair Trade groups or are located in countries that do not have such organisations. These suppliers and their subsidiaries all follow Fair trade principles which include:

  • Agreeing a fair price Use of recycled materials
  • Paying significant amounts upfront
  • Being loyal and reasonable in all dealings
  • Prioritising smaller suppliers over large factories
  • Manufacturing methods that do not damage the environment