Small N Kali or Kelei

The n kali is a percussion instrument also known as kilii (Mende), kelei (Mende), keina (Loko) and more generically as a slit-log drum. It is made from a hollow log, cane or piece of bamboo, with lengthwise slits. There is much variety in size and detail. This is a particularly small example. It was one of two originally collected from central Kuranko country, in form of a human figure. The drum is said to have been used in connection with the Kpangba Society.

Further Information

  • Type: Musical instruments
  • Object: Small N Kali or Kelei
  • Materials: Wood
  • Culture Group: Kuranko
  • Dimensions: 660mm
  • Production Date: Pre 1959
  • Associated Places: Kuranko country
  • Associated People: Mr. Guy Massie-Taylor (Donor)
  • Museum: Sierra Leone National Museum
  • Accession Number: SLNM.1959.11.63

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