An Agogô (the Yoruba word for “bell”) is a traditional west African instrument that came from the Yoruba religion tradition in West Africa, and is now commonly used in the Yoruba and Candomblé religious traditions, capoeira, as well as in samba music.
The more common Agogô is made of metal and has a sharp sound when played. This Agogô is made of nut shells mounted on a stick of wood and has a very smooth sound when played. My husband loves to use this style of Agogô when recording due to the smoothness of the sound — he claims it simply melds better with the other instruments. Click the audio link below to listen to a short clip of this Agogô being played.
Size: handle 12″ long, castanhas ~4″ round each
Weight: ~2.5 pounds