Kachu

The ‘kachu’ was often accompanied by the ‘agan’ or ‘heru’ (steel). Together they form the ‘kachu ku heru’. The ‘agan’ is originally also from Africa. Certain sounds on the ‘kachu’ were meant to inform neighbors and acquaintances of a death, a birth or another important event, or to announce an invitation to a festive meeting. At sunrise the ‘kachu’ blower would climb to the highest top in his vicinity, but in the event of a death sometimes also in the middle of the night, and howl his message to the four points of the compass. According to experts, the ‘kachu’ must be moistened before being used, preferably with some rum. In the meantime the radio has taken over the announcement of obituary notices.

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