Posted at July 21, 2013 | By : | Categories : Percussion | 0 Comment

pi-caxixi-lrgCaxixi (pronounced ka-shee-shee) are a percussive musical instrument of African origin that became popular in Brazil as a accompaniment to the berimbau in Capoeira. In West Africa it is used by singers and often alongside drummers. They are similar, in many ways, to maracas. Caxixi consist of a woven cane basket with a hard gourd skin or wooden base. It is filled with special seeds or rice and, like the maraca, it is sounded by shaking. Caxixi can be used to drive the beat or in pairs to produce intricate rhythmic sounds and textures.