The Kashaka Salesman from Gorée Island

Before arriving at Gorée Island, we met a kashaka salesman whose name is unknown to us, probably because of his mad rush to sell more kashakas.

(A kashaka is a percussive instrument that consists of two gourd balls that are filled with seeds and attached to each other by a small string.)

He was a stubborn trader, but a gifted percussionist, so we had to record him. He stood by the pier on the beach, swinging and bashing the four gourds around his hands with the odd intermission of rhythmically incorporating rocks into his beat.

His performance was so impressive it attracted a wide audience, which naturally meant more customers!



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