From boom shakers to wah-wah tubes, we have a huge range of rhythm instruments!
Apitua, Agogo and Grelio
These handmade iron African bells add a distinctive metallic texture to your performance. Apituas and agogos are struck with a wooden stick, whereas grelios are played with the fingers similar to castanets.
Tridents (bird and fish)
These fun and excellent value instruments can be played like a guiro or as a woodblock.
A great instrument to create your own spontaneous orchestra!
Originally of African origin, this instrument has evolved to be constructed of steel chain and is used frequently in Latin music.
Pronounced cashishi, this is an instrument of West African origin that became famous as an accompaniment to Brazilian music.
A staple of Spanish flamenco music, it has been used since ancient times, probably due to its simplicity – a set of hardwood shells joined by a string.
Meaning ‘keystone’ in Spanish – can consisting of two pieces of hardwood played together to create a sharp cutting sound.
A variable-pitch Brazilian friction drum often used in samba music, played by rubbing on the stick with a wet cloth,
Consists of small flexible metal sheet situated in frame, used to generate great musical effects.
Rub the stick along the frogs back to produce a croaking sound!
Traditional Indian ankle bells traditionally used by classical dancers
Also called jaw harps or mouth harps, these are played against the teeth or lips and produce a very original twanging sound which can be modulated using the shape of your mouth. Gandharva Loka Dublin stocks the largest selection mouth harps in Ireland with different harps from Europe, India, the Phillipines and Vietnam. If we don’t have it in store we can certainly get for you. Here is a small selection (all handmade):
Morsing: Rajasthan, India
Dan moi: Vietnam
Kou xian: China
Also known as patica, this Ghanaian instrument is made from two gourds filled with small stones and connected by string. They are held in the hand and one end is used to strike the other.
A favourite of drum circles alongside djembes and djun-djuns. Made from dried gourds, covered with nets that have shells woven into them for a loud shaking effect.
A wooden instrument commonly used throughout Latin America, with ridges that are rubbed to produce a rasping sound.
Traditionally made from a type of cactus from the Atacama desert in Chile and filled with small stones – the stick is then turned upside down to produce a peaceful water-like sound.
Traditional shakers from Central America, filled with seeds or dried beans, that are usually played in pairs to produce a vibrant sound.
Traditionally used for ritual purposes by cultures all over the world, they are considered sacred instruments and are typically made from wood and raw hide.
Here are just a few of the huge range of shakers we stock…
An Irish instrument, struck usually against the knee or palm of the hand.
One of the most recognised of musical instruments, used in cultures all over the world.
Traditionally used to mark rhythm in Buddhist chants, usually played on a stand but can also be held.
Also known as a spring drum – the combination of the spring and the hollow core produces a wonderful thunder-like sound effect.
An ubiquitous instrument in Western orchestras since the 16th century, producing a unique ringing tone.
Also known as donkey rattle, consists of hollow box with small pieces of metal which vibrate. This instrument was originally made using donkey’s teeth!