The berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument, a musical bow. Originally from Africa, it was eventually incorporated into the practice of the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira. The berimbau (the soul of capoeira) leads the capoeiristas movement in the roda. The faster it is playing the faster the capoeiristas are moving in the game.
The berimbau consists of a wooden bow (called verga). We use a unique tree that grows in Israel. It has good flexibility, as well as lighter weight than the traditional brazilian biriba wood, but has the same quality sound. This make our products lighter and so easier and more comfortable to play for longer period of time.
Sizes of the verga is about 1 to 1.5 meters long, with a steel string (arame). In our berimbaus we use a brand new string and not like other manufacturers who usually pull it from the inside of an automobile tire. This gives our berimbau a clearer sound. The arame is tightly strung and secured from one end of the verga to the other. And then the most important part of the berimbau is the cabaça (gourd-like fruit). We open, dry and clean it from the inside. We secure it to the lower portion of the berimbau, and it is used to amplify and resonate the sound.