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11" Crisp Rattle Large Wooden Mexican Maracas
11" Crisp Rattle Large Wooden Mexican Maracas


 
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11" Crisp Rattle Large Wooden Mexican Maracas
  • Wooden Maracas
  • 11" (H) X 3" (D)
  • Hand Painted
  • Imported
  • Clear, Crisp Rattle Sounds
  • Great to use with a cajon, djembe, bongos, and congas
Product History:
Maracas, sometimes called 'rumba shakers' and various other names, are percussion musical instruments(rattles), that originated in Latin America. They are classified as idiophones. Players hold them by their handles, usually in pairs, and shake them. Traditional maracas consist of hollow balls made from dried gourd shell (cuia "koo-ya") or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans and mounted on a wooden handle. Modern maraca balls are also made of leather, wood, or plastic. Often, one ball is pitched high and the other low. There is archaeological evidence of clay maracas in Colombia from 1500 years ago. The word maraca is thought to have come from the Tupi language of Brazil, where it is pronounced 'ma-ra-KAH'. They are known in Trinidad, Dominica and the French Antilles as shac-shacs. The leather maracas were introduced in 1955 by a Venezuelan percussionist.

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