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Alfaia Arco Flecha - Biano Pajeu
|diameter approx.:||22 cm|
|length approx.:||34 cm|
|beads:||plastic, Buzios synthetic|
|weight (net):||0,43 kg|
Unique piece: shekeré (also: agbê, shekeré), hand-crafted artisanal gourd shaker with colourful plastic beads
Biano Pajeú is an artist from Olinda who has been braiding shekeres in all colours and shapes for around two decades. His unique instruments are real pieces of art! Shekeres can be found in many different music styles from the traditional Maracatú to various modern styles which work with the diversity of world music and percussion instruments. The hand-braided gourd shakers come with a sharp and rhythm guiding character which combines well with dance and choreography. This shekeré is a handmade artisan product, the colour combination of the beads make this xequeré a unique piece.
Only well grown, evenly stable and nice looking gourds can be turned into a shekeré. A net with beads woven into it is braided around the hollow gourd and tied up loosely. Shekerés are especially present in Maracatu music, but you will find them also in many other music styles. No matter if played as a time keeper or show effect, a xequeré is musically a great enrichment! The larger the gourd is, the louder the sound will come out as more surface is touched by more beads.
A bottle gourd only grows in a few climate zones where throughout months it needs to be turned over carefully every single day in order to avoid pressure marks and to keep it nice and round. In the end, only very few of the plants are good for being turned into a shekeré. As soon as the gourd is hollowed, cleaned and processed, you will see the beautiful wood grain and texture on its smooth outer body.
There are many different ways of playing the shekeré. You can play sounds not only by using the beads as an effect, but also e.g. by using your flat hand for countermovements from the bottom of the instrument which will produce a bassy resound directly by patting the gourd.
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His first contact with the agbê (- the name for a xequeré in Pernambuco), Biano Pajeú had back in 2002 when he met a percussion group which played Maracatu in Recife. He joined the group as a student and a teacher for playing and dancing with the xequeré. However, he was dissatisfied with the quality of the agbês, so he began his very own project in search of the ideal instrument. His efforts reach back to the year he first got in touch with this instrument. Biano is a musician himself and has a strong connection to his music and shekerés in particular, which helps him understand the needs of other shekeré players. His curiosity has opened doors to many new techniques which has led to his agbês being a lot more than just an instrument. For a while, life took him on different paths and he stopped his instrument making. By the end of 2017, he finally decided to quit his job and dedicate himself exclusively to what he most felt passionate about. "In the end, you only have one life" he says about his decision. Since 2018 he teaches playing and dancing with the xequeré.
available again from 19 June 2023