The berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow, from Brazil.
The berimbau consists of a wooden bow (verga â?? traditionally made from biribÃ¡ wood, which grows in Brazil), about 4 to 5 feet long (1.2 to 1.5 m), with a steel string (arame â?? often pulled from the inside of an automobile tire) tightly strung and secured from one end of the verga to the other.
A gourd (cabaÃ§a), dried, opened and hollowed-out, attached to the lower portion of the Verga by a loop of tough string, acts as a resonator.
Brazil (Portuguese: Brasil [bɾaˈziw]),[nt 1] officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: República Federativa do Brasil, listen (help·info)), is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. At 8.5 million square kilometers (3.2 million square miles) and with over 208 million people, Brazil is the world's fifth-largest country by area and the sixth most populous. The capital is Brasília, and the most populated city is São Paulo. The federation is composed of the union of the 26 states, the Federal District, and the 5,570 municipalities. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas, besides being one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations, due to the strong immigration from various places in the world.