The history of the cajon

Cajon means Drawer or box in Spanish.

 

It originates from Peru where it is used in folk music for styles such as Festejo. Legend has it that African slaves in Peru started playing their grooves on the fishing and packing boxes where they worked when their “owners” banned their African drums. The Peruvian cajon then found its way to the loving hands of Paco De Lucia’s percussionist’s where they developed the guitar string system to create a more snary, airy sound for the cajon. Hence the Flamenco cajon was born. The Flamenco cajon resembles the sound of a drum kit, with the bass, the snare and the slap. Accessories can be added to create an even fuller sound, often referred to as a “cajon kit”.

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