Traditional Gankogui Bell from Ghana



This listing comes with a stick for playing.

The Gankogui Bell is played in traditional Ewe music. The Ewe are a West African tribe. They mainly live in Ghana and parts of Togo. They are very famous for their music. Ewe drumming is taught in Universities all around the globe. In an Ewe ensemble, the musicians use various types of drums, depending on the piece they play. But one small instrument is always present: the Gankogui. The bell usually plays a simple pattern. It repeats itself without changes throughout the whole length of a traditional piece. Now, this may seem easy - but it plays a very important role in Ewe music.

Ewe drumming (like most African music) is polymetric. This means for instance: While the bell repeats a 4/4 pattern three times, the drums may repeat a 3/4 rhythm four times. So, instead of a common beat, we should rather call it a relation.

9" Gankogui Measurements:
Height: 7.5" - 9"
Width: 4"

12" Gankogui Measurements:
Height: 12"
Width: 4"

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