A percussion instrument of african descent and then culturized by the latin peoples.

It is a gourd filled with seeds or beads, and then shaken rhythmically.

Davy Jones could be seen playing up to four at a time when he was singing with The Monkees back in the day.

There are several different techniques used for playing maraca. A percussionist may manipulate the beads inside the gourd by shaking it back, forth, up and down simultaneously. Also, a "stir" may be acheived by holding the maraca gourd-side down and slowly rotating it in a circular manner. This creates a sound not unlike ocean waves or wind.

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