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Maracas

Maracas (sometimes called rhumba shakers) are simple percussion instruments (idiophones), usually played in pairs, consisting of a dried calabash or gourd shell (cuia - 'kOO-ya') or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans. They may also be made of leather, wood, or plastic. Often one maraca is pitched high and the other low. The instrument is of prehistoric Moroccan origin. The word maraca is thought to have come from the Tupi language of Brazil, where it is pronounced 'ma-ra-KAH'. They are known in Trinidad as shac-shacs[1]. Maracas This image was retrieved from the Probert Encyclopaedia and may have been obtained from the public domain or it could have been released without the copyright holders permission. ... Maracas This image was retrieved from the Probert Encyclopaedia and may have been obtained from the public domain or it could have been released without the copyright holders permission. ... Percussion may refer to: A family of musical instruments – see percussion instrument; A method of clinical examination – see percussion (medicine). ... Binomial name Lagenaria siceraria (Molina) Standl. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Bold textItalic text Binomial name Cocos nucifera L. For other uses, see Coconut (disambiguation). ... The Tupi languages are a language family of 70 languages which are spoken by Indian tribesmen in South America. ... Look up Trinidad in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Although a simple instrument, the method of playing the maracas is not obvious. The seeds must travel some distance before they hit the leather, wood, or plastic, so the player must anticipate the rhythm. Bandleader Vincent Lopez hosted a radio program in the early 1950s called Shake the Maracas in which audience members competed for small prizes by playing the instrument with the orchestra. Vincent Lopez (30 December 1895 - 20 September 1975) was a United States bandleader and pianist. ... Radio broadcasts have been a popular entertainment since the 1910s, though popularity has declined a little in some countries since television became widespread. ...


Maracas are heard in many forms of Latin music and are also used in pop and classical music. They are considered characteristic of the music of Colombia, Venezuela, and Brazil. Maracas are often played at celebrations and special events. In rock and roll, they are probably most identified with Bo Diddley, or Bez from the Happy Mondays. Electronic Maracas are the main input device in the videogame "Samba De Amigo" developed by Sega. Tin of Celebrations with individual chocolates. ... Bo Diddleys emphasis on rhythm largely influenced popular music, especially that of rock and roll in the 1960s. ... Bez and maracas, freaky dancin at T in the Park. ... Happy Mondays are an alternative rock band formed in Salford, Greater Manchester, England in 1985. ... Samba de Amigo is a video game developed by Sonic Team and released in 2000 by Sega in arcades as well as for the Sega Dreamcast video game console. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ...


References

-The first maraca was made on november 12, 1742 -They were used for many things like after huntings -They were from mexio , the music they play is salsa

  1. ^ Mendes, John. 1986. Cote ce Cote la: Trinidad & Tobago Dictionary, Arima, Trinidad, p. 135.

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