The berimbau is an Afro-Brazilian instrument traditionally used in capoeira, a martial arts style that incorporates music and dance.
The instrument consists of a wooden stick strung with a steel string to form a bow, with a gourd or small woven basket serving as a resonator, a coin or flat stone, and a shaker called a caxixi. The string is struck with a thin stick.
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Article by Richard P. Graham and N. Scott Robinson covering history, popular and traditional Brazilian use, and recent developments.
DrumsOnTheWeb.com: Frank Colon's Informal Lesson
Introduction to playing the berimbau.
Rhythmweb: The Brazilian Berimbau
Description and illustration, with links.
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