This is a miniature version of the barril de bomba, the kind of drum used in performances of the
Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 9/19/2009
This variety of maracas, made of cow leather and sinew, is used in musical genres like guaracha, son, and salsa. They are of different sizes, so that one is pitched higher and the other, lower. In contrast, the Afro-Puerto Rican musical tradition known as bomba uses a larger, single maraca in its performances.