Cultural Collision

I mentioned that I like music, I pretend to play some instruments.

Here is my latest acquisition, a cuica.
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This is also my facebook profile pic, so sorry to those of you who’ve already seen it way too much.

A cuica is a friction drum that is played by rubbing a stick or dowel attached to the drum head. It is supposed to sound like a lioness mating call. You can simulate the sound yourself by rapidly moving a straw in and out of the lid of a soda cup. You know what I mean?

Anyway, it’s used in samba music. Well, typically used in samba music. I hope to use it in tribal polyrhythms that I’ll play for belly dancers.



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