Caxixi Basket Shaker – Video

This is a classic shaker made from rattan and coconut Tactile and light, with a little handle, this is great for anyone to play We have included the Caxixi in our Lots of Littles Music Kit. Just shake it any way you like. It has a handle so you can also hang it and play it using your own creativity.

Pronounced ‘ ka-shee-shee’ this is a percussion instrument consisting of a closed basket with a flat-bottom, filled with seeds or other small particles. It is found across Africa and South America, but mainly in Brazil. Natives believed the Caxixi could summon good enchanted spirits and ward off evil ones.

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In Capoeira music, the Caxixi is played along with the Berimbau. In West Africa it is used by singers and often alongside drummers.