Wednesday, July 14, 2010

1st Evidence of African Presence--Marimba!

We visited the Mandayapa family of Marimba makers and he mentioned that the African slaves brought the instrument with gourds for resonation to the Maya. They put their ideas together to come up with the percussion instrument they have today. Cedar blocks with pig intestine (chitlins!) over the screws are used to make resonators!

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