Saturday, March 26, 2011

Aqui estoy ... con cajon

Why, you might ask, are we all sitting on wooden boxes? Because they're drums, that's why. Afroperuvian drums, in fact, called cajones. Because the natives cultures of Africans brought to Peru were suppressed, and they could not have their instruments, they began to play common objects they could find around and even their bodies, thus the cajon was born.

Today a bunch of us learned the basics, the ways and places to hit the drum and the festejo rhythm and a dance. We put together a whole song and recorded a video. Overall it was a really fun way to learn some more about the afroperuvian culture.

The part of the song where we play in partners
Hasta la proxima!

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