Cabasa

Cabasa

A stronger, modern version of the traditional beaded gourd instrument that originated in Africa, the cabasa features a steel ball chain wrapped around a wide cylinder fixed atop a handle. Played by placing one hand over the chain while holding the handle with the other hand and twisting the instrument back and forth, the cabasa creates a metallic, rattling sound. Different sizes will produce different sounds. Larger cabasas deliver louder, brighter tones while smaller cabasas are softer.

X8 Drums offers a variety of cabasas, from more traditional African designs enhanced with more durable materials to the modern versions explained above. Browse our extensive collection, and you’ll even find a foot cabasa that’s perfect for accenting a hand drum. While the cabasa is traditionally played in Latin jazz, this unique hand percussion instrument adds a dynamic layer of sound to various types of music.

  • Gon Bops Traditional Cabasa

    Gon Bops

    Gon Bops Traditional Cabasa

    MSRP: $149.99
    $89.99
    The Gon Bops traditional Cabasa is an extra durable, solid-designed instrument made from high-impact plastic. The interior plastic beads provide excellent sonic clarity and a great shaker sound. This instrument is solid, weatherproof, and small enough to...
    MSRP: $149.99
    $89.99
  • LP Afuche Cabasa Mini, Black Plastic

    Latin Percussion

    LP Afuche Cabasa Mini, Black Plastic

    MSRP: $43.99
    $26.99
    The LP Afucheâ¨/Cabasa, Martin Cohen's second patented invention, was developed nearly thirty years ago. It has since become the most popular hand percussion instrument ever created! Constructed using endless loops of steel bead chain...
    MSRP: $43.99
    $26.99
  • LP Afuche Cabasa, Standard, Wood LP Afuche Cabasa, Standard, Wood

    Latin Percussion

    LP Afuche Cabasa, Standard, Wood

    MSRP: $64.99
    $39.99
    Listen to this instrument: LP Afuche Cabasa, Standard, Wood LP Afuche Cabasa, Large, Wood LP Afuche Cabasa, Deluxe, Wood The LP Afuche⨠Cabasa, Martin Cohen's second patented invention, was developed nearly thirty years ago. It...
    MSRP: $64.99
    $39.99
  • LP Afuche/Cabasa Deluxe (LP234C)

    Latin Percussion

    LP Afuche/Cabasa Deluxe (LP234C)

    $57.99
    Developed and introduced by LP over 40 years ago, the Afuche®/Cabasa has become one of the most essential percussion instruments in history. Loops of steel bead are wrapped around a textured cylinder to produce a variety of scraping rhythmic patterns...
    $57.99
  • LP Afuche/Cabasa Large Wood (LP234B)

    Latin Percussion

    LP Afuche/Cabasa Large Wood (LP234B)

    $51.99
    Developed and introduced by LP over 40 years ago, the Afuche®/Cabasa has become one of the most essential percussion instruments in history. Loops of steel bead are wrapped around a textured cylinder to produce a variety of scraping rhythmic patterns...
    $51.99
  • LP Go-Jo Percussion Bag LP Go-Jo Percussion Bag

    Latin Percussion

    LP Go-Jo Percussion Bag

    MSRP: $14.99
    $8.99
    Listen to this instrument: LP Go-Jo Percussion Bag The LP Go-Jo Percussion Bag is a simple percussion instrument that offers a huge variety of percussion sounds. Beat it, shake it, toss it... fun for all types of music! Features The...
    MSRP: $14.99
    $8.99
  • LP Traditional Cabasa

    Latin Percussion

    LP Traditional Cabasa

    MSRP: $125.99
    $70.99
    Listen to this instrument: LP Traditional Cabasa Before LP created the LP Afuche® Cabasa, only fragile cabasas existed. These were made from coconut shells and a lattice of seeds strung with wire. LP created the LP...
    MSRP: $125.99
    $70.99
  • Meinl Fiberglass Cabasa Meinl Fiberglass Cabasa

    Meinl

    Meinl Fiberglass Cabasa

    MSRP: $112.00
    $69.99
    Watch video demonstration of the Meinl Turbo Cabasa The shape and function of the Meinl Percussion Fiberglass Cabasa equals a traditional gourd calabash. Material: Premium fiberglass
    MSRP: $112.00
    $69.99
  • Meinl Foot Cabasa

    Meinl

    Meinl Foot Cabasa

    MSRP: $276.00
    $169.99
    The Meinl Percussion Foot Cabasa is a breakthrough instrument for the percussionist! Meinl mounted a large Turbo Cabasa on thier sturdy foot pedal (patent pending), which adds a new sound to your setup. Keep a cabasa rhythm while your hands play the...
    MSRP: $276.00
    $169.99
  • Meinl Large Turbo Cabasa, Black (CA5BK-L)

    Meinl

    Meinl Large Turbo Cabasa, Black (CA5BK-L)

    $39.99
    The MEINL Turbo Cabasas are a superb innovation with significantly more volume than normal cabasas. This added projection comes from sound ports located in the resonating chamber that allows a crisp, full tone to come from the instrument. The Turbo...
    $39.99
  • Meinl Turbo Cabasa, Medium

    Meinl

    Meinl Turbo Cabasa, Medium

    MSRP: $53.00
    $29.99
    Watch video demonstration of the Meinl Turbo Cabasa The Meinl Percussion Turbo Cabasas are a great innovation, with significantly more volume than normal cabasas. This comes from the sound ports in the resonating chamber. The Turbo Cabasas bring the...
    MSRP: $53.00
    $29.99
  • Meinl Turbo Cabasas (Patented) Small (CA5BK-S)

    Meinl

    Meinl Turbo Cabasas (Patented) Small (CA5BK-S)

    $19.99
    The MEINL Turbo Cabasas are a superb innovation with significantly more volume than normal cabasas. This added projection comes from sound ports located in the resonating chamber that allows a crisp, full tone to come from the instrument. The Turbo...
    $19.99
  • Nino Cabasa NINO701 Nino Cabasa NINO701

    Nino Percussion

    Nino Cabasa NINO701

    MSRP: $30.00
    $18.99
    When you one day take the baby rattle away and put this bad boy in your child's hands, chances are their eyes and mind will instantly grow exponentially. This rhythm-making bead-rattling machine turns the conventional world of sound upside down. The...
    MSRP: $30.00
    $18.99
  • Nino Cabasa NINO702 Nino Cabasa NINO702

    Nino Percussion

    Nino Cabasa NINO702

    MSRP: $30.00
    $18.99
    When you one day take the baby rattle away and put this bad boy in your child's hands, chances are their eyes and mind will instantly grow exponentially. This rhythm-making bead-rattling machine turns the conventional world of sound upside down. The...
    MSRP: $30.00
    $18.99
  • Pearl Maracabasa

    Pearl

    Pearl Maracabasa

    MSRP: $75.00
    $38.00
    Pearl Percussion's always trying to find new ways to create cool percussive products. The new Maracabasa is one of them! This innovative instrument combines the functionality of a maraca and performance of a cabasa in a single hand-held instrument. The...
    MSRP: $75.00
    $38.00
  • Schlagwerk CCA30 Cajon Cabasa Schlagwerk CCA30 Cajon Cabasa

    Schlagwerk

    Schlagwerk CCA30 Cajon Cabasa

    $49.99
    Watch Video Demonstration of this Instrument Simple, compact and amazingly funky! The Schlagwerk Cajon Cabasa is the perfect add-on for playing continuous patterns, individual memorable beats or even long drawn-out loose hats. About Schlagwerk...
    $49.99
  • Tycoon Multi Cabasa

    Tycoon Percussion

    Tycoon Multi Cabasa

    MSRP: $79.00
    $46.99
    • An innovative hybrid between a regular cabasa and a soft shaker• An ideal addition to any studio percussionist's set up, or when a versatile instrument with soft shaker sounds are required• Shell crafted from environmentally-friendly...
    MSRP: $79.00
    $46.99
  • Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Black Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Black

    Tycoon Percussion

    Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Black

    MSRP: $37.00
    $23.99
    Listen to these Cabasas: Medium: Small: The Tycoon Percussion Cabasas are constructed with a ridged stainless steel shell surrounded by loops of steel-bead chains. Wooden flanges enclose the steel cylinder with a wooden handle attached to the bottom...
    MSRP: $37.00
    $23.99
  • Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Brown Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Brown

    Tycoon Percussion

    Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Brown

    MSRP: $45.00
    $26.99
    Listen to these Cabasas: Medium: Small: The Tycoon Percussion Cabasas are constructed with a ridged stainless steel shell surrounded by loops of steel-bead chains. Wooden flanges enclose the steel cylinder with a wooden handle attached to the bottom...
    MSRP: $45.00
    $26.99
  • Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Natural Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Natural

    Tycoon Percussion

    Tycoon Percussion Cabasa, Natural

    $23.99 - $37.99
    Listen to these Cabasas: Medium: Small: The Tycoon Percussion Cabasas are constructed with a ridged stainless steel shell surrounded by loops of steel-bead chains. Wooden flanges enclose the steel cylinder with a wooden handle attached to the bottom...
    $23.99 - $37.99
  • X8 Drums Cabasa, Large X8 Drums Cabasa, Large

    X8 Drums

    X8 Drums Cabasa, Large

    $60.99
    Medium Cabasa: Small Cabasa: This modern take on the traditional beaded gourd instrument features a stainless steel shell surrounded by steel-beaded chains for a powerful, sizzling sound and added durability. It's very responsive, with...
    $60.99
  • X8 Drums Cabasa, Medium X8 Drums Cabasa, Medium

    X8 Drums

    X8 Drums Cabasa, Medium

    $46.99
    Medium Cabasa: Small Cabasa: This modern take on the traditional beaded gourd instrument features a stainless steel shell surrounded by steel-beaded chains for a powerful, sizzling sound and added durability. It's very responsive, with...
    $46.99
  • X8 Drums Cabasa, Small X8 Drums Cabasa, Small

    X8 Drums

    X8 Drums Cabasa, Small

    MSRP: $74.00
    $30.99
    Medium Cabasa: Small Cabasa: This modern take on the traditional beaded gourd instrument features a stainless steel shell surrounded by steel-beaded chains for a powerful, sizzling sound and added durability. It's very responsive, with...
    MSRP: $74.00
    $30.99