The familiar sound of the musical “cowbell” has roots in the ancient Yorùbá traditions of Nigeria and Benin where it formed the basis of both religious and social celebrations. When some of these West African people were transported around the world, even against their will, they brought their musical practices with them. The agogo is now a foundation for the Carnaval parades in Brazil and for the stirring dance rhythms of Cuba. It consists of two connected metal (usually steel) bells, with the smaller bell on top. A wooden stick produces a bell-like sound that enables the player to vary both pitch and rhythm. MIM’s agogo bells are made in Ghana and are available in two sizes.
Large - 10.5 x 4 x 4.5 inches
Small - 8 x 3 x 3.25 inches