Caxixi is a reed basket, woven by hand, with a hard gourd skin bottom filled with special seeds. Shaken, the seeds hit the hard gourd skin, producing a distinctive sound. Caxixi can be used as a rattle to drive the beat and also in pairs to produce intricate sounds and rare textures.
Manufactured in Brazil by world famous percussionist Cabello, Caxixi (pronounced Ka-shee-shee) is a musical instrument of ancient African origin that became popular in Brazil as a companion to the Berimbau, an African musical bow with a hollow gourd as a resonator, used in the dance-game of Capoeira.
Because of its lively sound, the Caxixi was originally used to call forth the presence of the enchanted spirits and also to scare all evil away.
Each Caxixi is a unique instrument, made entirely of natural, non-endangered materials, that produce organic sounds which add color and good spirits to your set. You can play it soft or loud and enlarge the possibilities of different rhythms as far as your creativity goes.
12" Overall height
5" tall basket with 14" circumference