Also known as "gã", Agogo is a musical instrument formed by a single or multiple bells. Originated from the traditional Yoruba music of West Africa, the instrument has been used for decades in African Religions, Capoeira groups, Bandas and as one of the oldest Samba instruments.
The Agogo played in the carnival of Rio de Janeiro is the one with four mouths (or four bells, as the old guard group prefers). Until the end of the 60's, the instrument had only two bells, until Edgard Telles Filho, one of the members of the Império Serrano Samba School, realized that with two more bells the instrument would gain a different touch and a much larger volume. Only in the 70's, the first Agogo group was created in Portela and soon thereafter became the most traditional instrument of the Império Serrano Samba School. Since then, the use of two-bells agogos was limited almost exclusively to the candomblé meeting places and to the high school bands.
Nowadays, the four bells agogo is present in several countries, as in France, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Japan, England, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden, Russia, Italy and many others. University percussion ensembles disseminated around the country are also representing and enriching the use of this beautiful instrument. Our philosophy is to maximize quality and spread it throughout the four corners of the world.
- Material: Stainless Steel (Resistance and Anti-Corrosion)
- Water Jet Cutting (Precision)
- TIG Welding with Gas Argon (Durability)
- Musical Notes: Bell 1 (smaller): FA; Bell 2: RE; Bell 3: SO; Bell 4 (larger): MI
- Dimensions: Length 44 cm, Width 35 cm, Weight 2.2 kg (Light and Compact)
- Right or Left Handed, with Bandoliers Support and Ergonomic Handle (Comfort)
My name is Tadeu Ferreira de Alencar, better known as "Tadeu of the Agogo". I'm from Rio de Janeiro and as a good son from "wonderful city", I'm a samba soldier. I have been working for more than 40 years with Tourism, more precisely in Hotel business. Samba and Carnival have always been my favorite hobbies and I usually say: "My religion!".
I played 4 bells agogo since 1986 and for 20 years I have been looking for the perfection of the instrument, both in the quality of the materials, as well as in the manufacturing and sonority. Some 4 bells agogos in the market are still manufactured from rudimentary methods, with hammer and anvil, damaging the material. After much study, consulting of engineers and professionals, I developed a set of machines capable of giving the final format to the sheets, without any type of impact and damages. All this looking for finish, durability and tuning.
The work is practically handcrafted and made with the help of my son Rodrigo Alencar, a student at the Polytechnic School of UFRJ Engineering, and José Dinora a renowned Welding Instructor of SENAI/RJ.