Castagnette This rattle, fashioned out of calabash, plastic, seeds, and burlap, originates from the Kissidougou region of the Republic of Guinea.

African rattles have been played by peoples of all ages, from children to elders.Variations of the rattle are used around the world in numerous settings such as ceremonies and performing arts.

The rattle is one of Africa's popular traditional music companions. It often accompanies other instruments like drums, Kora, guitars, etc. It is commonly used in gatherings, traditional dances, and festivals. It is one of the instruments that contributes the individual participation of its player in musical gatherings.

The rattle is made out of a variety of materials depending on the cultural region and function of the rattle. The rattle is also decorative in nature, an aspect that supplements its musical and aesthetic personality.