The Cajon Box is a Record of the Sufferings of the African Nation Music

- Feb 14, 2019-

It's been three or four hundred years since the birth of the cahong drum. This percussion instrument was invented in Africa in the late 18th century.


African drum is in the heart of the African nation, the status has always been sacred, why invented a cajon box? This goes back to the late 18th century.


In the late 18th century, the African slave trade began to spread among the large number of African slaves in Peru. And in this century's history was of blood and tears, cajon box was born. During the Spanish colonial rule, a large number of west and central African people were sold to America as slaves. On the ships or port cities that transported them to America, black people had no hand drums to play, so they had to use boxes loaded with fish or goods to play. This was the original appearance of cajon box.


In the cruel environment at that time, the colonists engaged in trafficking and did not allow black people to carry any personal items, but the African people were the people who loved music very much, and music could also solve the spiritual suffering to some extent. Therefore, black people borrowed various wooden items such as boxes to replace African drums, and another percussion music was born -- kahong drum, commonly known as box drum in China.


By the end of the 19th century, people began to improve the kahong drum, by changing the material and shape of the board, so as to get a better and more diversified sound of the kahong drum. The cahong drum has a rich sound and is suitable for both solo and music accompaniment of various styles. In terms of difficulty, it is much simpler than the African tabla, which is easy to learn, so its market is also growing.


Edit by Hodor Wong