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Introducing the Caxirola: The official musical instrument in stadiums at FIFA World Cup 2014

The Caxirola which will be used at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil

Remember the Vuvuzela? If your ears still get irritated when you remember its sound, then you surely haven’t forgotten.

South African stadiums were buzzing with the noise of the instrument during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Its ubiquity led to many suggestions for limiting its use, muffling its sound, and even an outright ban. Broadcasting organisations experienced difficulties with their presentation. Television and radio audiences often heard only the sound of vuvuzelas. And most of all, the players were affected by its impact during the games.

Fast forward four years and you won’t be escaping that tradition in Brazil as well. The Brazilians are ready to decorate their stadiums with their own culture which leads us to the percussion instrument called Caxirola.

The Caxirola consists of a closed plastic basket with a flat-bottom, filled with small synthetic particles. Carlinhos Brown, who created the instrument, expressed his concerns that the unpleasant nature of the sound may have a negative impact during the World Cup matches.

He said "the caxirola respects the sound limits. It reproduces sounds of nature, of the sea, because of that, we worked with the best acoustic engineers so that the sound was nice, pleasant."

Brown also stated that FIFA representatives followed the creation of the instrument closely, and it is now a part of the official licensed products of FIFA.

The Caxirola was certified on September 27, 2012 by the Brazilian Ministry of Sports and was created to be the official musical instrument of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Apart from the Caxirola, there are other new things to look forward to in this year’s tournament. Vanishing sprays, Goal line technology and quite a few changes have been included for this edition of the World Cup.

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