LEARN THE BRAZILIAN CAXIXI SHAKER TECHNIQUE
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A CAXIXI is a Brazilian percussion instrument consisting of a closed basket with a flat bottom filled with seeds or other small particles. The round bottom is traditionally cut from a dried gourd. The CAXIXI is an indirectly struck idiophone with sounds being produced by shaking the instrument in many different ways, varying the angle at which the CAXIXI contents strike the reed basket (softer sound) or the hard bottom (louder, sharper sound).
It is found across Africa and South America, but mainly in Brazil where the smaller-sized CAXIXI was initially played alongside the berimbau. In West Africa, it is used by singers and often alongside drummers. Natives believed the CAXIXI to summon good enchanted spirits and to ward off evil ones.
The Brazilian world-class percussionist, educator and former Cirque du Soleil artist Renato Martins is described as an innovator of Brazilian percussion and is considered one of the most internationally respected percussion artists in the world.
Renato Martins continuously creates new techniques for traditional instruments such as the Udu and the Cajon. He sees all objects as potential instruments and has also been known to use entire sets of kitchen utensils in his exploration of sound. Anything he finds that produces sound has been hit, plucked, struck, shaken and scratched in his pursuit of musical reinvention.
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