Like everything in the World Cup, Brazil’s equivalent of the vuvuzela–named the “caxirola” (pronounced cash-a-rola)–is controversial. Supporters of caxirola claim that it’s less noisy and intrusive than a vuvuzela, while opponents believe that they’re just a ploy for FIFA to make more money and act as perfect weapons when thrown.
Caxiorlas originate from a caxixi (pronounced ka-shee-shee) which are traditional Brazilian percussion instruments used for both capoeira and samba. The caxirolas were designed by Carlinhos Brown, a Brazilian composer (pictured above) who recently received an Oscar nod for his contribution to the music in Rio. But unlike caxixi, the caxirolas are made of sustainable plastic (not woven baskets and dried gourds).
There’s no question that the maraca-like shaking noise a caxirola makes is less annoying than a vuvuzela (I would gladly listen to a crying baby than one of those South African torture machines) but as far as their legitimate claim to be a representation of Brazilian soccer there are more than a few nationals who believe the noise-makers are a poor portrayal of the country’s culture.
We’ve been hearing about caxirolas for awhile now, so it’s great that we actually were sent some by the Degree team (the official deodorant of U.S. Soccer) to test out before we head to the US v. Turkey friendly game at Red Bull Arena this weekend.
After having used them for a bit, we would rank them on our patented 1-10 scale (without using 7’s) a very solid 6. Vuvuzelas would be a 2. Gun fire would be a 1.
If you’re as interested in US Men’s Soccer as you are in the controversy surrounding caxirolas, we suggest checking out the campaign they’re doing around Clint Dempsey and the rest of the US Men’s National Team. Check it out below.