Brazilian music has a rich mix of Portuguese, African, and Brazilian Indigenous influences and has produced one of the most unique and diverse musical cultures in the world. The music of Brazil is brimming with enthusiasm, energy and the music seems to come alive through a variety of Brazilian instruments that gives the sounds and music of Brazil its uniqueness.
Most Brazilian musical instruments came from Portuguese, native Brazilian and African ancestors and still retain their original characteristics. While others were modified and have evolved over time, and took on their own unique range of rhythms.
There are several instruments used in the Capoeira music. However, it is not necessary to use all of the capoeira instruments in the Roda. It may be only the Berimbau (percussion instrument used by the Africans in speaking with ancestors), or Berimbau and Pandeiro (small frame drum very similar to tambourine), etc. In any Roda though there should not be more than 3 Berimbaus, 2 Pandeiros, 1 Agogo (one or two bells instruments coming from the Yoruba music), 1 Reco-Reco (percussion instrument producing ratchet-like sound) and 1 Atabaque (a big hand drum made of wood).
For over 30 years, the beauty and diversity of the typical drums, bells and rattles of the world of Brazilian percussion instruments has downright spellbound Kalango. In 2002 they founded an online shop for Brazilian instruments which is based on their passion for the traditional and innovative music culture of Brazil which they discovered on many travels through Africa and Brazil.