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History of the box: What is the origin of the flamenco box?

by Shopify API April 01

History of the box: What is the origin of the flamenco box?

It is in 1977 when the great Paco de Lucía knows the Peruvian drawer during his tours in America, he knows how the evolution of this great African-American instrument was when crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

Paco de LucíaHe was a Spanish composer and guitarist Flamenco As of the publication of Source and Flow In 1973, his music reached the majority public. Over the years his music was progressively opening to new styles while beginning to be interpreted in areas further from traditional tablaos Spanish and Latin American.

The international diffusion of the drawer was due to its adoption by Paco de Lucía for flamenco in 1977 after a tour of Latin America which included in Peru.

"It happened that during a tour of Paco de Lucía through Latin America towards 1977, a box arrived at the hands of the percussionist of the band at a party organized by the Spanish ambassador in Peru. Rubem Dantas He incorporated it into the music of the guitarist's sextet, which, as he marked (and marks) the pattern, meant incorporating it directly into flamenco music. Manuel Soler was present at the time of adoption, as he was in the group as a dancer and even "playing some bonguitos." As he commented in an interview with Flamenco-world.com on 1999, “the drawer was more sober for flamenco” than other percussion instruments that had already been used such as congas, bongos or drums."

Silvia Calado, "Once upon a time ... a new instrument", Flamenco-world.com, 2005.

The Spanish adapted this instrument quickly and began to appear more percussionists who found a special essence in the drawer.

"Twenty-five years after Paco de Lucía it will matter from Peru, the cajón already occupies an irreplaceable place in flamenco. The key to such a natural integration is that "it is halfway between the palms and the heel". The instrument was made to the jonda music to the beat that marked Rubem Dantas within the mythical sextet. The Brazilian percussionist was followed by musicians Antonio Carmona, José Antonio Galicia, Manuel Soler, Tino di Geraldo and Ramón Porrina. And, little by little, a 'second generation' of drawers is consolidating in which names such as Piranha, Bandit, Chaboli, Antonio Coronel, Brush, Guillermo McGill stand out ... Blow by blow, file the criticized excesses, finding their balance and heading to become the fourth modality of flamenco."

Silvia Calado, "Between the palm and the heel", Flamenco-world.com, 2005.

What are the differences between the Peruvian box and flamenco?

The Peruvian drawer was born as a simple box where it transported merchandise and the main sounds were already there, the recording in the middle part and the treble if we approached the upper banks. Currently, the Peruvian drawer has metal threads called twisted, these are located inside the drawer, hitting the top of our instrument will be heard as a battery box.

The flamenco drawer has the same shape, a rectangular wooden box but inside it does not have a twist of small metal threads but instead uses strings. Usually this type of drawer carries from 2 to 8 vertical strings from end to end on the inner side. Wherever you hit the drawer will sound with the basic sound of bass drum or box by adding a small tapping of these strings, to create a bottom shell.

Listen to how each of these instruments sounds and comment which one you think is best for playing.



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