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The ‘segureh’ or ‘seghura’, is a Mende percussion instrument consisting of a small calabash or gourd, surrounded by a string net, strung with small pieces of shell, or nut shell. The gourd is held by the neck in one hand, whilst the other hand pulls the net, causing the shells to clash against the sides of the gourd. It is traditionally used exclusively by women. This example uses black seeds, threaded onto white cotton. Other known names for this instrument are ‘segula’, ‘segbula’ and ‘segbureh

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