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LP LP234A Standard Latin Percussion Afuche / Cabasa

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The LP234A Standard Wood & Metal Afuche-Cabasa is a Latin Percussion original designed and patented by founder Martin Cohen more than 40 years ago. Today the afuche or cabasa is one of the world's most popular hand percussion instruments and an essential part of Latin Jazz, especially bosso nova. Many band and orchestra pieces also call for a cabasa and its popularity has led to it being novelly used in nearly every musical genre.

According to Wikipedia, "The instrument is frequently used in music therapy, particularly with individuals who have physical/neurological disabilities as it requires minimal hand movement to produce a sound. The sound produced by the individual can then be reinforced by the music therapist, which builds neurological connections between hand movement and hearing the sound, in turn encouraging more fluent hand movements."


Originally of African origin, the Cabasa creates rhythmic scraping sounds and patterns. The original instrument was made from a gourd loosely wrapped with strings of beads. They were not as durable or consistent as the metal afuche-cabasa.

A metal afuche-cabasa has endless loops of steel beaded chain wrapped around a textured stainless steel cylinder creating distinctive sounds as the chain vibrates against the cabasa's wooden frame and steel cylinder. The cabassa is held in the dominant hand with the non-dominant hand underneath, applying pressure to the metal chains as it is rotated and twisted. The percussionist grasps the wooden handle, manipulating the beads against the textured steel or rotating the cabasa or shaking it for a variety of sounds. 

The LP afuche / cabasa has become an essential instrument for creating percussive effects. Larger models such as the LP234B produce louder, more full sounds. The smaller models such as the LP234A produce a softer sound.

The LP234A is a 4-1/2" diameter Afuche/Casaba with wooden frame and handle. The afuche / cabasa is an essential and central instrument that should be in every percussionist's arsenal.

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