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Music and Power

Ethnic group: Hausa
Canadian Museum of Civilization



The kakaki is an end-blown horn with one or two bells that can reach a length of three metres. It is made of tinplate and has two sections that fit into each other. The instrument produces only two sounds, which form a fifth. It accompanies the ensembles that are at the service of dignitaries, district chiefs or sultans. The kakaki is found in several Islamized countries, including Chad, Nigeria and Cameroon.