instrument was originally used in Africa for lion hunting due
to the fact that the sound produced by a cuica can be very similar
to a lion female roar, thus attracting the male.
It was brought to Brazil by Afran
slaves (probably Bantu') where is nowadays very popular and
commonly used at Carnival time by the Escolas de Samba.
Metal cuica is the most common
one but it can be made by wood or rarely (view pic) by fiberglass.
Embedded on the underside of the calf-skin head is a bamboo
The cuica's sound is produced by
pulling and pushing a wet cloth on the bamboo stick. By pressing
the head with the finger close to the center it is possible
to change the sound (the harder you press, the higher the sound
Basic preparatory exercises and/or
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