And the Official Musical Instrument/Noise Maker of World Cup 2014 Is…

…the caxirola (pronounced “kashirola.”). Unlike South Africa’s infuriating vuvuzela (the horn that tortured everyone at the last World Cup), the caxirola is a percussion instrument based on an earlier thing called a caxixi.  Instead of a blare that sounds like a swarm of killer bees (or, if you’re a Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan, a touchdown), it’s kind of like a rattle.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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