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What is a churuca?


[A musician playing a churuca]

A musician playing a churuca


[The scraper and the slots in the instrument's body.]

The scraper and the slots in the instrument's body.


[Some artisans have created churucas not for playing music, but for being kept as handicrafts.]

Some artisans have created churucas not for playing music, but for being kept as handicrafts.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2008-05-05

A churuca is a percusion instrument present in the most traditional groups of Pindin. It is made of the body of a fruit called calabaza which is hollowed out.

After that step, many slots are made in the body of the churuca in order to create the friction that produces sounds when the instrument is scraped with a wire.

The person who plays the churuca, a task that is not as easy as it could look like, is called churuquero, and it is usually a singer of the group.


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