Friday, 17 April 2009

African Instrument

Afro Peruvian Instruments

Slaves that were brought to Peru from Africa were forbidden by their slave owners to play their instruments, this was in order to keep them silent.

Afro Peruvians would then use the quijada de burro, literally the jawbone of a donkey. They take an old jawbone from a dead donkey, let it dry out, and loosen the teeth. Then, when it is struck with the palm, it produces a wonderful shhhhh-tshhhhhh sound. Running a stick along the teeth allows it to double as a scraper. While Peru isn't the only place that uses the quijada, it is the place most strongly associated with this unusual scraper and shaker.

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