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The Berimbau (bee-rim-bau) is a percussion instrument with an African origin. It is the main instrument that is used in the Capoeira music and it is the one that defines the capoeira game - angola or regional. It is relatively complex and consists of a flexible wooden rod called “pau” or “verga”, a steel string called “arame” and gourd called “Cabaça”. The Berimbau is played with the help of a small thin stick called varreta, a coin called dobrao and a caxixi.
Every part of the Berimbau has its unique role in the music and the rythm it produces. Below ,you will see the Berimbau composites explained in details.
Jan 06, 2011