Welcome to White Woman Drums - Shekere - Sekere (SHEY-kah-REH) hand drums!
The shekere or sekere is a percussion hand drum from Africa, consisting of a dried gourd with beads woven into a net covering the gourd. Throughout the continent it is called different things, such as the lilolo, axatse (Ghana), and chequere. It is predominantly called shekere in Nigeria.
The african shekere is made from small gourds that grow on the ground. The shape of the gourd determines the sound of the instrument. A african shekere is made by drying the gourd for several months then removing the pulp and seeds. After it is scrubbed, skillful bead work is added as well as color.
This gourd instrument is used for folkloric as well as some of the popular music. In performance it is shaken and/or hit against the hands.
I have fallen for gourds and the music I can make with them... Please enjoy my version of the Shekere hand drum and/or shaker. Although I have a lot to learn about style, stringing/netting methods and bead types... I am quite pleased with these and hope you will be too.