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African Bells and Gongs
  Togo Bell Smith   Motherland Music Various West African Bells, Sticks & Strikers  
Togo Bell Smith MM African Bells (Group Picture)
Ivory Coast Bell Smiths Ivory Coast 3-in-1 Bells
Ivory Coast Bell Smiths Ivory Coast 3in1 Bells


Iron Bells/Gongs from Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

3-in-1 Ivory Coast Bell, also called Triple Agogo - Three tapered-oval unfinished steel bells are welded to a common steel stem. Not an ordinary factory-made set—these Ivory Coast bell sets are hand made and sizes vary (bells are about 3 1/2", 4 1/2", and 5 1/2" l., respectively, for Higher, Medium, and Lower pitches). They can produce funky, clunky sounds played with a simple straight playing stick (included) or brighter sounds played with a metal striker. Only $45 per set.


Iron Bells/Gongs (Ewe-style) from The Togolese Republic

Adodo - Double clusters of non-resonant (conical, integral clapper) bells forged to each end of a metal rod. No playing stick is required; played by shaking the cluster in an axis-changing wiggling motion (actuating all clappers simultaneously)—ringing produced by so doing is dense and intense—or can be played with a stick or metal striker. A drum circle late-joiner's favorite (they will know you arrived!), some say best used in moderation (and in traditional African contexts). Bargain priced; a lot of sound per dollar.

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Size* Number of Bells Price
approximately 12" long 8 total 45
approximately 12" long 12 total 50

Gankoqui - Double iron gong with high and low tone, this type traditionally from Ewe part of Ghana/Togo. Wood playing stick is included. We offer quality Gankoquis made in The Togolese Republic. For more information on the Gankoqui bell, click here.

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Small -5"
Medium -7"
Large -9"
*length of larger bell not including handle; all sizes are approximate.

Toke - Canoe-shaped forged-iron bell held in the palm of a hand and played with an included iron beater. For more information on the Toke bell, click here.

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  Togo Tokes  
Size* Price
Small 6" 20.
Medium 8" 22.
Large 10" 24.
Extra Beater 2.50
*Hand-forged bells; sizes are approximate.
Iron Bells/Gongs from Nigeria (Ibo-style)

Alo - Long hollow iron ritual/sound-effect gong. Two sizes available in rolled steel, painted gray (shape is similar to unpainted Alo pictured, and with longer top stem). Simple rubber-covered straight-handle beater is included.

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  Nigeria Alos  
Size* Price
Small 18" 75.
Large 34" 90.
Extra beater 8.
*Hand-forged bells; sizes are approximate.
Note: Small (18" l.) Alo is currently out of stock.

Oghene - Oval-shaped iron gong/bell tapers to a layered metal stem at one end. These bells/gongs are from the eastern part of Nigeria and are hand made by the finest Nigerian blacksmiths. For more information on the Oghene bell, click here.

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  Nigeria Oghenes  
Size* Single Double
Small 7" 12. 22.
Medium 9" 22. 35.
Large 11" 34. 48.
X-large 13" 45. 90.
XX-Large 18"   220.
*Hand-forged bells; all sizes are approximate.

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