Large Varnished Berimbau

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Measures: (W x L): 12 x 155 cm (4.7 x 61.1 in).
Weight: 0.87 kg (1.9 lb)
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The Berimbau is a string instrument originated from Angola, Africa also known as Chest Berimbau in Portugal or as Hungu in Angola and in most of the African continent.This instrument was taken by the Angolan slaves to Brazil, where it is used to accompany an acrobatic fight called "capoeira", which is a renowned brazilian martial art..However, in Brazil the instrument eventually spread to other cultural manifestations, such as in Brazilian popular music and "bossa nova" by guitarist Baden Powell and composer Vinícius de Morais.

The instrument consists of an arched rod, made of wood, with an approximate length of 1.50 meters at 1.70 meters and a wire (wire) attached to the ends of the rod. At its base, a gourd (Lagenaria siceraria) or a coitus (from the Crescentia cujete plant) is tied, but the gourd with the severed bottom, which functions as a resonance box, is more common. The berimbau player uses his left hand to support the set and practices a back and forth movement against the belly, using a stone or a coin, to press the yarn. The right hand, with a wand, strikes the rope. It is also used the "caxixi", which is a small rattle attached to the fingers of the player. It is estimated that the musical arch arose around 1500 BC Arc derived instruments were found in the most diverse regions of the world, as in New Mexico, Patagonia, Africa and ancient civilizations, among them the Egyptian, Phoenician , Hindu, Persian and Assyrian. There are records of hungu, in the form we know today, since primitive times, in Angola.

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