The Cabasa is a percussion instrument that is constructed with loops of steel ball chain wrapped around a wide cylinder. The cylinder is fixed to a long, narrow wooden or plastic handle.
Available in this 'Mini' size which is perfect for smaller hands, and the larger 'Medium' size for older children and adults,it provides a metallic, rattling sound when shaken or twisted, similar to the sound of a rattlesnake, and is often used in Latin jazz, especially in bossa nova pieces.
Originally from Africa, and made from a gourd strung with beads, this modern version dates back to 1960's Brazil.
More durable than the gourd Cabasas, these metal instruments are easy for children of all ages to use.
Use as a sound effect for stories or in the childrens' own compositions, as part of your Samba band, or as a new addition to liven up your percussion trolley.
Let children compare 'old' and 'modern' instruments to show how they have evolved over the years in both appearance and sound.
19 Apr 2016
Mini cabasa seems OK so far but is replacing one I bought last year; a 'slice/chunk' of wood from the flat wooden end of the original one had broken off making it unsafe for children to play.
23 Feb 2016
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