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Chocalho is the generic name for “shaker” in Portuguese. There are various types of idiophones using this name in Portuguese, not always being the same instrument:

  • a shaker;
  • a kind of jingle stick used to play samba music;
  • a cowbell;

Chocalhos are typically used as a support to the sound of the caixas, to sustain the rhythm in the bateria. This instrument exists of an aluminium or wooden frame with a number of rows, each carrying pairs of jingles (platinelas). The chocalho is played by shaking it back and forth and pumping the arms up and down.

Category:Idiophones Category:Brazilian musical instruments