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The cuíca is a friction drum with internal and fixed drumstick. Its name coincides with a Congo-Angolan instrument, but it is difficult to determine its origin.

How does it work?

It consists of a friction drum in which there is a fixed internal wooden stick, which is wiped by damp fabric or wet fingers, causing singular intervals of sounds.

A bit of history...

lthough there is no consensus on its origin, it is believed that the cuíca was brought to Brazil by the Africans, probably by Bantu slaves.

Currently the cuíca is extensively used in samba schools, especially in the Southeast region. It is also a characteristic instrument of some popular manifestations in Minas Gerais.