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Ago-go bells

Ago-go bells

The ago-go is an instrument of West African origin, made of wood of metal. It consists of two or three hollow cones or bells, different in size, therefore producing different tones. The cones are connected by a small arc which also serves to secure the instrument. The instrument is played with a wooden or metal stick. It is used in the cults and festivities of Candomblé and is part of the percussion section of the "roda de capoeira". It is also used to play the rhythms of baião and maracatu. In the 1950's ago-go bells were introduced into the "escola de samba". The name comes from "akokô", a word of the African language "Yoruba", and means "clock" or "time".

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