Gahle refers to traditional maracas. The gourd accompanying the gonje is called gahle, although popularly the instrument is referred to as “Zabia”, the name of those who play the gahle. This instrument, with little black seeds hidden inside, is deceptively simple: the playing of the gahle requires amazing amounts of flexibility in the wrists as well as a rigorous rhythmic sensibility.


This instrument is taught at the Bizung School of Music and Dance Program in Tamale, Ghana.