December 1, 2010


 With music all around us (and even the promise of a Guns N’ Roses tribute concert coming to the Malecon in just a few days…) Maia needed a musical instrument of her own.
 At the Tianguis in Empalme we could have bought a flute, or a tuba, or even a set of drums—but then Paula introduced us to the Flamboyant tree. A tropical tree which is known for its vivid red flowers (June-September), the Flamboyant or Royal Poinciana also grows a giant seedpod. And this big seedpod, when dried, becomes a percussion instrument known as the shak-shak, or maraca.
 The best part of the shak-shak--which is even better than the concerts, dances and songs it helps you to produce—is that to get one you need to climb a tree.

1 comment:

Karen said...

good thing you described what that was in her hand, at first glance, I thought it was a machete! ha :)