The instrument we are going to talk about is an interesting and significant one. It has a really remarkable history and its trend is rising day by day. People like this wonderful instrument and it is not difficult to operate. We are talking about the old instrument that has its origin in the 18th century and there are many amazing stories about its history.
Yes, it is Cajon.
Cajon is actually a Spanish word which means a drawer or box. It is a drum-like instrument that is shaped like a box and is simply played by slapping its rear or front face either by hands or by several different tools. With time, several important and different developments have been made to improve this instrument's structure and this is a famous one till today.
It is generally thought that the origination of this ancient instrument is in Peru and it is the African slaves’ instrument. Actually, in the colonial era, the owners have banned the use of musical instruments including drums.
The slaves were not allowed to keep and play any musical instruments, so they developed one of their own. They came from a music-rich background and their culture did not let them stay away from music for a long time. This ban could not stop the slave community of Cuba and Peru and they fulfilled their passion by using the shipping crates and old boxes of wood as a drum.
In Cuba, the old drawers and any box-like structure in the household were also used as a musical instrument. They used to beat these boxes and crates in their free time and enjoy playing their traditional tones. This was the safest way for them to play music as there were no proper instruments because of which they could be caught in trouble.
Over the course of time, people have made several modifications in the basic structure to improve its tone. The internal wires are added to give a snare sound and the Cajons that are used today have different types. The instrument is easy to use, simply constructed and versatile has many applications in music and is integrated with several playing styles.
These are of great importance and are known to be a significant part of the Afro-Peruvian culture.
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