Our first piece was this cool African thing with this tribal beat sound.
I got to play this huge cow bell thing and we all sat around this wooden instrument that looks like a xylophone with gourds attached- it makes a beautiful sound that I can't quite describe- like a marimba, but more like blowing over a bottle...
Our second piece was a high styling' Mexican piece called 'Allemandre', and would be basically like our ball dancing music. I played the Guiro (sounds like huiro)- a hollowed out gourd with hatches cut along the outside which you scrape with a stick.
Our third section was done with the Fairbanks Capoeira group. We kept a rhythm while they danced/fought and sang. For about the first half I played the Caxixi (pronounced Cashishi)- little straw shakers. After a while someone wanted to switch and I got to play the conga. Pretty amazing to watch these guys do their stuff... Jake took some good video and I wish I could figure out how to upload it!