The hand-repique is a small, cylindrical Brazillian drum that his played with the hands. The musician hits both the drum head and the body, creating a variety of sounds that help fill out the samba percussion section. Wikipedia’s entry on the hand-repique suggests this for the drum’s origins: ” It was invented by musician Ubirany, founder and percussionist with the band ‘Fundo de Quintal’. The hand-repique is derived from another percussion instrument, the ‘Repinique‘. Ubirany started to use the repinique in its band but felt it was too uncomfortable to play, since this instrument is made to be originally played with a drumstick. So he adapted it, adding a few mufflers on the inside, lowering the hoop and taking the bottom skin off it.” Makes sense!

KEY GENRES: Pagode, Samba

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