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date: 22 November 2019

Alfandoque [chucho]locked

  • John M. Schechter
  • , revised by J. Richard Haefer



Rattle of Ecuador and the Valle de Tenza of Boyacá, Colombia. It resembles the modern rain stick and is made from a tube of cane (Gaudua angustifolia) 5 to 8 cm in diameter and 20 to 25 cm long, into which are placed seeds, stones, or shot pellets. Small sticks pierce the tube diametrically to keep the seeds in place and increase their vibrations. It might have two series of slits cut parallel to the length in both the top and bottom portions of the cane. It can be shaken vertically or horizontally. The alfandoque is used in instrumental ensembles of the black culture in Esmeraldas Province, coastal Ecuador, and in Andean regions of Colombia. In the department of Cundinamarca it is called chucho. The alfandoque is used to accompany the guabina, a song genre, and the danza de torbellino (whirling dance) along with tiple, requinto, flute, and ...

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