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Ilu 18'' - Ian grave - Barravento

Ilu 18'' - Ian grave - Barravento

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Ilu 18'' - Ian grave - the largest Ilu The typical Candomblé drums from Pernambuco... more

Ilu 18'' - Ian grave - Barravento

item number: A505003
diameter: 18''
total height: 66 cm
material: plywood
weight (net): 8 kg

Ilu 18'' - Ian grave - the largest Ilu

The typical Candomblé drums from Pernambuco are typically played in a set of 3 by 3 people. On the Ian grave, the solo phrasings are played according to the old African and musically predefined rules. The smaller ilus follow specified accompaniment parts.
Ilus are pure hand drums, the left hand muffles the sustain of the right hand while playing and thus strongly influences the rhythm and the sound. Ilus are - similar to the atabaques - drums that are played during ritual events. An ilu trio is often accompanied by an agogó and sometimes also by a shekeré. Typically, ilus have natural skins on both sides. When playing, one sits in front of the instrument, places the feet on the floor cross that holds the drum and plays candomblé rhythms with the hands only. Pernambuco is the state north of Bahia and one of the Brazilian regions where ritual drumming is practised very distinctly.
Ilu is the Yoruba word for drum. The ilus are found exclusively in Pernambuco.

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THE brand for authentic, hand made Maracatu instruments from Pernambuco! Barravento is... more



THE brand for authentic, hand made Maracatu instruments from Pernambuco!

Barravento is the leading producer of hand-made Maracatu instruments in Brazil. Their instruments are played in traditional Maracatu groups as well as in modern formations such as Nação Zumbi or in the bands of famous MPB celebrities.

In his workshop, Maureliano Ribeiro builds small series of very special instruments in traditional craftsmanship together with his team and with lots of attention to detail:
Alfaias, caixas, gongues, agogôs, shekerés, ilus and mineiros, all of which have excellent sound quality.


This art is of course also based on Maurelianos experience as a musician and his profound knowledge about the Afro-Brazilian culture of Pernambuco. Maureliano, the head of Barravento, is a musician himself. He used to be active in the Mangue Beat movement, he has been a capoeirista for many years as well as a drummer and director of various Maracatu groups. He also practices the pernambucan stick combat-dance, which is very similar to Capoeira.

Furthermore, Maureliano Ribeiro is a tireless researcher of Pernambucos extremely rich folk culture. In small plantings, Maureliano grows different trees and bottle gourds so that in the future he will be able to provide a part of his raw materials sustainably by himself. Barravento supports a programme which helps former drug addicts with their social rehabilitation.

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