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Repeniques (hep-in-ee-kay)
A versatile instrument that combines hands and sticks to give a striking sound. You will hear their unique sound cutting between the surdos and the caixas. Also a popular lead instrument.

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Caixas (ca-sha)
The snare drum can roll as well as providing a regular beat. You need to be quick with the sticks to play this one. No marching bands for us!

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Surdo
We use these big drums in two sizes: high (segundo) and low (primeiro). They are the bass of the rhythms, keeping time, they have a life all of their own.

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Tamborim
A high-pitched rat-a-tat-tat sound that offers complicated rhythms. These players give the band a whirl of movement.

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Agogo Bells
These add a musical hint to the thrumming rhythm. With lighter melodies, the bells provide tuneful accompaniment.

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Chocalho / Shaker (shoc-kal-yo)
An instrument that is part of the make-up of all samba bands, giving the distinctive jingle sound.

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Percussion
This section includes a whole range of other percussive instruments including the Vibraslap, Ganza, Claves, Shekere, Cuica, Pandeiro, Whistles, Triangles, Cow Bells, Bongos, Berimbau, Caxixi and more. They give a great balance to the rhythms adding colour and texture to the sound.

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