The quijada is a jawbone of a donkey used as a percussion instrument in Mexico and Peru. The musician holds half of the jawbone in one hand and hits the other with a stick, causing the teeth to rattle. The instrument first appeared in Peru among African slaves but became important in both African and indigenous communities. Today it’s still a staple instrument in Afro-Peruvian music, and is essential to Mexico’s son jaorhco

COUNTRY: Mexico, Peru
KEY GENRES: Afro-Peruvian, Son Jaorhco

FEATURED ON: La Guacamaya (AATW: Latin America)

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