Four years ago, the vuvuzela was having a moment. An “instrument of torture” alone, a “swarm of angry bees” in a pack, the South African plastic horn droned endlessly in the background of World Cup games. (Having attended a World Cup match with my vuvuzela, I can explain and defend the practice—blowing a big loud horn is really goddamn fun.) While audiences at home complained, officials for this year’s World Cup in Brazil had a different reaction—they needed one of their own.
Enter the caxirola. Designed by homegrown musical icon Carlinhos Brown specifically for the World Cup, the caxirola is a plastic shaker with finger grips that was certified by the Brazilian Ministry of Sport and FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, as the “official noisemaker” of this summer’s tournament.
Source: Remember the Vuvuzela? Meet the World Cup’s Newest Noisemaker | Mother Jones
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