During this group course, Osvaldo will cover the different techniques of the Afro-Peruvian cajon as well as the rhythms that are more frequently used in contemporary music styles such as rock, funk and pop music.
“His majesty El Cajon”, as called by the Peruvian poet Nicomedes Santa Cruz, originates from the 14th century. It is particularly known as an instrument created by the black population of Peru. The Cajon was a substitute for the African drums, whose use was forbidden after deportation of the slaves. It is most likely that the first cajons were simple wooden crates used for the transportation of fruit or fish. The cajon kept on evolving gradually and eventually took his final form during the fifties.