Quijada de burro

Today, I present to you the…interesting…musical stylings of the quijada de burro — literally, the ‘donkey jaw’.

‘Quijada de Burro’ stands for what, now?

quijada de burroMade by boiling down a real donkey, horse, or cow jaw and then drying it until the teeth are a bit loose, this Latin American instrument provides percussion sound both by slapping the wider portion of the bone to make the teeth rattle, and by rubbing wood over the teeth. It’s most commonly used at carnivals and religious festivals. Demonstration:




And there you have it: the quijada de burro. Is this the strangest instrument you’ve ever seen?


Quijada de burro — 2 Comments

  1. I would say it’s the strangest, but where people have been using animal bones in instruments for millenia, it’s not too surprising to me. Just don’t expect me to play one anytime soon!

    The guy in that video is playing the cajon backwards… O.o

  2. Heh – good point. But even with animal bone instruments, I had never heard of a jawbone being played before. And…I’m weird. I actually want to try one. 😉

    Ha – I hadn’t noticed the backwards cajon playing — it’s one I’m not familiar with.

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