The cajon craze is in full swing..

Why Cajon?

We mean 'cajon' in the big sense. When we say cajon, we are not speaking only of the box upon which one sits, but also the many trapezoidal and tubular cajones and all the arising manefestations of hands on wood.

Some find that Cajon is more intimate than conga, warmer, with a nice round low end. It isn't as loud, which makes it nice for many indoor recreational situations. They record well, too.

They are so much easier to carry around, too. Lighter and smaller than many other options, they are easy to transport and store.

Rafael Santa Cruz' excellent website, your Peruvian connection to cajon. Packed with information .

Schlagwerk is one of the top cajon makers in Europe. they have several innovative models. have a look!
(in Dutch)

a cajon designed for blues and rock, Austrailia based..

The Peruvian Cajon

Alex Pertout has a good intro to the AFRO PERUVIAN cajon tradition, with some history and a couple of the main rhythms, here.

Also visit
ElCajon Peruano , in Espanol

Gome and Tamalin drums are related to the cajon by shape

The Peruvian Cajon - an article from the Latin American folk Institute



The Cajon Page

Cajon is gaining in popularity very quickly, across the spectrum of styles, and for good reason; they have a wide and useful variety of tones, are sturdy, portable, and often double as a stool.

The cajon has primarily Peruvian origins, but has also taken root in Cuba, where there has long been a tradition of sitting on the docks playing packing crates. The Cuban Rumba Yambú is traditionally played on cajon rather than conga. Peru has it's own tradition, (listen) and Flamenco music also now uses the Cajon. Flamenco players traditionally played the backs of their guitars on occasion, and cajon can easily be seen as growing from this concept.

Some cajons feature panels which are screwed on, with the corners left loose, to facilitate better and easier slaps. Flamenco cajones sometimes have strings, actual guitar strings, on the inside, to make a resonating sound, not unlike a snare.

Folks at Fat Congas have been making cajones much longer than most companies.

They make wonderful instruments; we currently own a set of their Cuban style cajones.

They are also the inventors of the original Batajon®, a hybrid Bata-Cajon which has influenced other cajon makers a great deal.

Coming Soon: a review of the
Fat Congas Batajones
& String Cajon

Nowadays folks everywhere are experimenting with the wood ideophone idea, and new variations are appearing left and right. One very practical variation is the lapdrum, extremely portable and rich in tone. Read Rhythmweb's review of the Lapdrum from Slapdrum . Chris Nissen at Slapdrum has also made a full sized cajon that fits across the lap. known as the Slapboxx.

This dude, Michael Kotzen, makes what may be the most beautiful custom instruments I've seen;this gorgeous blue one at left is only the tip of the iceberg. check out his gallery, at .

POPercussion also makes fine cajones.

Sol makes cajones in the shape of congas.

Sela instruments designed and built by Marc West

Drum Warriors makes cajones..

The cajon has also taken off in Japan. Japanese cajon maker Yoshiro Aonuma
has produced over 1500 instruments, and one of his cajones was played in the soundtrack of the movie "finding Nemo"by LA musician Michael G Fisher, who met him on E-Bay! Check out Yoshiro's site in Japanese or in English


A nice page in German, and some very pretty instruments here at Sela Instruments

Another page in German:

At left: a new experimental plexiglass cajon, being developed by Chino Bolanos and LP; Chino is one of the notable Peruvian folkloric artists at work today.

see more about the Plexicajon and Chino Bolanos

this is an evolving page; more is coming. If you have a Cajon related site, or want to post an article or lesson concerning cajon, please let us know.


See a video of the Pearl Tubes Cajones, deftly played by Glen Caruba (Quick Time format)

German Cajon Maufacturers..nice sound samples..

Claudia of Aurora Percussion in Austrailia is doing team building, flamenco percussion workshops, along with other work, all related to the cajon. worth a look. visit her site..

An new offshoot or variation of the cajon is the egg ipu or 'Juevon read more..

Mario Cortez
Mario is one of the top Flamenco cajon makers in Spain..

De Gregorio
Cajon Manufacturer
nice UDU Drums too

Flamenco world - Puerto Rican musician Pedro Barriera has designed and created these unusual wooden conga and bongo shaped cajones. Don't miss this site.. - in addition to the lapdrum and slapboxx at left, Chris Nissen akes ery nice trapezoidal cajones. check them out.

an interesting page here about making one's own.., although he calls it a conga..


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