Maracas

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.