The shekere is an ancient traditional percussion instrument of West Africa. They are popular from Senegal to Nigeria. In Ghana, they are a central feature of traditional Ewe music. In Ghana and Togo they are called axatse, in Mali and Guinea, djabara.
The calabash is a dried gourd which is hollowed, cleaned and threaded with small beads to create the net which produces sound as it hits the gourd. They produce crisp or sandy effects to depending on how they’re played.
As these are made from natural gourds there is a natural variation in sizing.