The hosho are Zimbawean rattles that consist of a pair of relatively small maranka gourds with hota seeds inside of them. Musicians play hosho alongside the Shona thumb piano known as the mbira, shaking the hosho to make a sharp rattling noise. According to the Wikipedia entry on the hosho, while hosho players may seem to be accompanying the more complex and melodic mbira, actually mbira players view the hosho as the lead instrument and they play to follow along.

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