The maracas is a rattle containing small stones seeds

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purpose is to keep time. The Maracas is a rattle containing small stones, seeds or peronia seeds, which creates a sound when hit against the inner wall of the rattle. Just like the Cúa, the Maracas’s purpose is to also keep the time. Rhythmic styles. There are many rhythmic styles of Bomba, all of which depends on the region, though there are three main ones (including many variations of these 3): Sica, Yuba, and Holandés. The first video below showcases two women practicing the Sica and Yuba rhythm, with the Yuba first then Sica. The second video showcases a performance of Bomba itself with the Holandés rhythm being used. The Importance of Bomba in Puerto Rico. The importance of Bomba in Puerto Rico resonates through not only the dance and music genre itself, but the history of its Afro-Puerto Rican roots. It originated during the 18th century with the slaves using it as a means to rebel against slavery and a common ground communication between all of them. It has gone from being a way to rebel against oppression from the lowest class to become Puerto Rico’s national, traditional dance and music style.
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