DOBANI Nickel Plated Brass Cuica with Goatskin Head 5-Inch
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This instrument is crafted of nickeled brass with a goatskin head. The Cuica is also known as a puita, boi or onca. Cuica, in various forms, are found world-wide. However they are most closely associated with Brazilian Samba music. It is believed that the cuica was used in Africa as a call for the male lion since the sound mimics the roar of the female lioness.
So if you have any lions that want to samba...this is the instrument for you! If you are short a lion, you will still enjoy the great variety of sounds that can be derived from the 'laughing gourd'.
Just a few examples of the cuica in popular non-Brazilian music include:
Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
Barenaked Ladies' "Enid"
Bob Marley's "Could You Be Loved"
The overall dimensions of this instrument are approximately 5" x 7".
Actual instrument weight is approximately 1.9 lbs.