05/05/2013 10:30 am ET

Brazil Creates Caxirola To Replace Vuvuzelas In World Cup


To the dismay of many and the joy of some, the horn-like drone of the vuvuzelas served as the soundtrack to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The African instrument became a symbol of the competition, a source of joy, headaches, and numerous controversies.

Last week, Brazilian president Dilma Roussef unveiled the caxirola, a yellow-and-green fist-sized instrument fashioned by the artist Carlinhos Brown that sounds like a maraca and that is set to overshadow vuvuzelas.

“I think the caxirola is not only related to soccer, but also to our country’s great capability to create an instrument that is much prettier than the vuvuzela,” Roussef said during the event.

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