Maracas are nearly ubiquitous throughout Latin America and the Caribbean–they appear almost everywhere. Traditionally maracas are made of a dried calabash, shell of a gourd or a coconut shell filled with beans or seeds, though today maracas can be made of plastic, leather, wood or almost anything. Maracas come in pairs–one with a higher pitch than the other. The best maraca players are able to make use of the pitch differences and anticipate the distinct rhythmic nature of each maraca to make maraca magic.

COUNTRY: All over Latin America
KEY GENRES: So many!

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