Maraca Player

Maracas are common instruments used in a variety of music today and are also known as “rumba shakers”. The sound is produced when the instrument is shaken since the beans, pebbles or beads used rattle around inside. The shell of turtles and/or dried calabash gourd was traditionally used to enclose these beans, pebbles or beads. Today, maracas have evolved and can now be found in numerous different materials including wood, plastic, fiber, etc.

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Guide to Maracas: History and Use of Maracas in Music. (n.d.). MasterClass. Retrieved July 7, 2023, from