Hand Repique

Hand Repique The hand-repique is a small, cylindrical Brazillian drum that his played with the hands. The musician hits both the drum head and the body, creating a variety of sounds that help fill out the samba percussion section. Wikipedia’s entry on the hand-repique suggests this for the drum’s origins: ” It was invented by musician Ubirany, founder and percussionist with the band ‘Fundo de Quintal’. The hand-repique is derived from another percussion instrument, the ‘Repinique‘. Ubirany started to use the repinique in its band but felt it was too uncomfortable to play, since this instrument is made to be originally played with a drumstick. So he adapted it, adding a few mufflers on the inside, lowering the hoop and taking the bottom skin off it.” Makes sense!

The hand-repique is a percussion musical instrument that is believed to have originated from Brazil. It is a small drum that has cylindrical shape and can be produced of wood, aluminium, or acrylic. The musical instrument is played with hands, both on the skin and also the body. The hand-repique possesses a sharp sound and it is used mostly to play samba music and its variants like the pagoda. The common role of the instrument inside these genres is to increase the percussion section and also fill the spaces and playing the off-beats.