Traditional African music instruments are an inexhaustive source of inspiration and in particular smaller instruments which are worn on the body.
They were used as an attribute for dancing, to emphasize rhythm at ceremonial-, religious- and healing rituals led by dignitaries , priests, healers and sorcerers. They also functioned as signal instruments during wars, as defense against evil spirits, and as symbol of worthiness for rulers.
The instruments were made from metal combined with vegetal materials like gourds, palm leaf, wood, bamboo, dried seed pods and pips, as well as animal material like butterfly cocons, tortoise, cow skin, snake skin and animal tales.
The rich diversity of shapes, materials and technique is phenomenal.