I have been playing Latin and Afro-Cuban percussion instruments for more than 40 years in the Philadelphia and the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005, while living in California, I began designing and building hand drums, including Djembes and Ashikos and shortly thereafter I decided to make my first Shekere. After a lot of research, including listening to many other types of Shekeres, I decided upon a design that includes many more beads than some that are commonly sold in the U.S., and I include a top and bottom row of beads rather than knotted string. The result is an instrument that can produce a sound, if desired, that will cut through and be heard in the largest percussion groups and even amplified bands.
Below are a few of the instruments I have created