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    Carimbo Tambor

Carimbo Tambor

Brief history

Also known as the curimbó, the corimbó or just the carimbó, the tambor de carimbó is a membranophone instrument that may have been responsible for naming Carimbó, the Afro-indigenous music and dance from the state of Pará.

This instrument is made from hollowed tree trunks, and one of its ends is covered with wild animal skin. It can come in a number of lengths, with the longest version producing high-pitched sounds, and the widest version producing the low-pitched sounds. It is over three feet long and almost 12 inches in diameter. To play it, the player sits on the body of the drum, using both of their hands, open or cupped.

The curimbó is used in the Carimbó musical ensemble of two or three drums, accompanied by a wide range of instruments such as the ganzá, the reco-reco, the cuíca, the banjo, the flute, maracas and tambourines. It is responsible for marking the rhythm and is crucial for the existence of the Carimbó genre.

Ensembles

Beat! ensemble with carimbo tambor

Carimbo

Carimbo