Bring Back Berimbau From Brazil

Where to buy: Street Markets

Average price: Less than 20;


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 biribá 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 (cabaça), dried, opened and hollowed-out, attached to the lower portion of the Verga by a loop of tough string, acts as a resonator.

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