What Is A Shekere

I started playing this amazing instrument in 2009 (with Manchester drum and dance outfit Juba do Leão), and still play. After a trip to Brazil and lots of inspiration later, I started to make these things. I have been making and perfecting the technique of this wonderful continue to make with a passion… and they play pretty well too.


Abacaxi is pronounced: Ahh-Bah-Ka-SHEE.

Abacaxi means pineapple in Portuguese, a shekere is a sort of music pineapple…

Why so many names?

So there are many names for this instrument, each different depending on where they’re from, different functions/attributes/language. There are many different explanations and stories, if you want to share any shekere stories, get in touch.