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The Ensasi instrument is commonly found in traditional Ugandan music, particularly in east and central Uganda.
It is a class of musical instrument called a shaker, typically a gourd and sometimes modified to have a stick handle. The gourd is hollowed out and filled with dried seeds. This allows for a shaking motion that is a polyrhythmic companion to more melodic instruments like the mbira or fiddle.
There are various types of ensasi. For instance, in northern Uganda the device has a different shape and it produces a unique sound. This instrument moves from side to side to produce a continuous sound of beads moved within the shell.
Some ensasi have holes to produce a more hollow sound and some are made of tin and not natural vegetable material.
All musical instruments in Uganda play an important role in society. They are a large part of the history and cultural heritage of the people by their existence in the fabric of therapeutic, psychological and social planes.
Ugandan musical instruments serve different functions within various communities which accounts for broad differences across regions with one instrument. Some populations lived side by side and viewed their instruments in similar ways for like purposes, however other villages far from one another, with different politics and climate, evolved their music sometimes in opposite directions. The same material could produce a vastly different sound for different occasions.
Traditional music of this country features drums, logs, xylophones and the shakers. Along with the ensasi, other musical instruments of Uganda include the amadinda, ennanga, endingidi, engalabi, enkwanzi and the sansa.
When visiting Uganda you may be able to purchase these works of art for the eyes and ears. Along with the craft shops in the street stalls of Uganda, you can find traditional woodcarvings, basketry, and hand make instruments. You might find an ensasi to bring home to your family.