|Shaxy Caxirola, the musical Sound for Brazil 2014 World Cup|
No one forgets the “vuuvuu” sound of Vuvuzela. The long plastic horn trumpted on the tarraces during the 2010 world football fiesta in South Africa. Vuvuzelas were so popular during the 2010 World cup that manufacturers such as Masincedane Sport were selling as many as 50,000 of them a month.
So, if the buzzing Vuvuzela whose raspy monotones drew comparism to a swarm of angry Bees, provided the sound track to the world cup three years ago, then in 2014, Brazil’s aural arouser made of Caxixi, a woven India instrument filled with dried beans, will take the center stage.
Football fans around the world should get ready to lend their ears to shimmy shake of the Caxirola.The pear-shaped plastic percussion piece is to be the musical instrument of choice for the 2014 World cup after it was given the seal of approval by Brazil’s Ministry of sports and got the ringing endorsement by the President, Dilima Roussett.
The Caxirola is designed to produce a gentler sound similar to maracas or rainsticks, and dressed in the green and yellow colors of Brazil’s national flag.
The inventor, Brazilian composer Carlinhos Brown, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2012, wants his invention to have similar mass appeal like the Vuvuzela when people arrives in Brazil for the World Cup.
The Caxirola as with the Vuvuzela,is the ball of the fans” explained Brown. “We want every South American to have a Caxirola in their hands.”
In as much, the Brazilian doesn’t want his musical instrument to follow quite the same path as the Vuvuzela. Though, an attempt to ban the plastic horn during the 2010 World Cuo itself may have failed,but it soon found itself on the not-wanted list at global sporting tournaments.
The Vuvuzela got such a bad reputation because of its deafening noise and the racucous cacophony which may not be healthy for human consumption. Many players has also complained that the sound affected their concentration during the game.
Arsenal and Tothenham were among the first English Premier League clubs to silence the Vuvuzela, banning it from their ground because of concerns over irritations and safety. Europe football governing body, UEFA also banned the instrument from all its competition.
Vuvuzelas were not the first football musical instrument that raised concerns. The traditional football Rattles, which are less popular today, also disappeared from stadiums in the 1970s because of safety concerns.
Brown is hoping that Caxirola wouldn’t follow the fate of Vuvuzelas and Rattles. He maintained that the Caxirola is less noisy and at the same time it’s an object that has the ability to combine the image with sound. So fans as well as players may enjoy a more appreciable sound during the world cup.