Instrument Series: Caxixi

The caxixi is a percussion instrument originating in Africa. It consists of a bell shaped wicker basket that is filled with seeds, shells, pebbles or beads and closed with a flat piece of gourd. Some modern caxixis are made of sheet metal, filled with plastic pellets, and closed with fiberglass.


The instrument is played by shaking it so that the seeds inside hit either the sides of the basket or the gourd. the caxixi is often used to accompany the berimbau to provide music for capoeira.


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