The BERIMBAO is the musical bow, a single -string percussion instrument, from Brazil
It’s the typical instrument of the Afro-brazilian martial art Capoeira and its origins are in African culture that arrived in Brazil with slavery in 16th century. It’s made by 6 different parts:
- Verga: Wooden bow that makes up the main body of the Berimbau.
- Arame: Steel string.
- Cabaça: Opened, dried and hollowed out gourd-like fruit secured to the lower portion of the berimbau, used to amplify and resonate the sound.
- Pedra or Dobrão: Small stone or coin pressed against the arame to change the tone of the berimbau.
- Baqueta: Small stick struck against the arame to produce the sound.
- Caxixí: Small rattle that optionally accompanies the baqueta in the same hand.