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Drummer playing chocalho, a generic name for “shaker” in Portuguese. Samba schools parade - Rio de Janeiro carnival, Brazil. There are various types of idiophones using this name in Portuguese, not always being the same instrument. Chocalhos are typically used as a support to the sound of the caixas, to sustain the rhythm in the bateria. This instrument exists of an aluminium or wooden frame with a number of rows, each carrying pairs of jingles (platinelas). The chocalho is played by shaking it back and forth and pumping the arms up and down.