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African instruments are made from a variety of materials and their sounds range from melodious to simple gong or bell-like. They were used in ceremonies and initiation rites, and were also used to invoke and communicate with spirits.

Gameboards are found throughout Africa, and have been a source of pleasure and relaxation throughout the centuries. Depending on the region, they are called by different names, such as mankala, warri, awelezaramo, kalah, bao.