Source: Demonstrative audio sample from the Ethnologisches Museum, available at MIMO’s website (2014).
Work: Not provided
Composer: Not provided
Interpreter: Baquetas Liverpool
Source: Audio originally posted by Youtube Channel Baquetas Liverpool Channel, titled “reco madeira Grande”.
Cylindrical shaped instrument made of bamboo. It has transversal grooves close to one another, along the frontal part of the body. On the lower end, there is a ring made of metal, placed around the circumference of the instrument. In order to play, the musician rubs the grooves with a proper sort of stick. The Museum’s specimen does not have a stick and the wood is slightly damaged on the back (there is a 6 cm chip lacking).
Generic term for the scraped idiophone. It refers to any type of material which surface – or part of it – has a series of transversal and parallel grooves very close to each other, following the length of the piece, to be frictioned with a sort of stick. There are evidences of this instrument since the Stone Age. It can be made of one or more bamboo sections (taboca or taquara), wood, metal, bovine horns or calabash (like its Cuban similar, the guiro). In the Delgado de Carvalho Museum, there are two specimens of reco-reco: one, more common, made of bamboo, and the other made of wood, a twin piece, being the pieces made to be frictioned one against the other.
Text written by Professor Pedro Sá, percussion professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
BASE MINERVA, 2014.
BETHENCOURT; BORDAS; CANO; CARVAJAL; SOUZA; DIAS; LUENGO; PALACIUS; PIQUER, ROCHA, RODRIGUEZ; RUBIALES; RUIZ, 2012.
PEDRO SÁ, 2014.