The Cajón (ka-hon) originates from Peru and is typically a six sided box-shaped percussion instrument usually played with the hands, fingers, brushes or sticks and may even be set up as a pedal-bass-drum. It does of course, have its origins in the humble wooded storage box, and comes in various sizes and designs.
The Cajón is commonly seen throughout the Americas and Spain and although most widely used in Afro-Peruvian music it is becoming more popular with pop, blues, jazz and rock.
A thin sheet sheet of wood is provided for the hitting surface with the sound hole cut out in the back panel.
To play, sit astride the box holding the Cajón between the knees at an angle, and strike the head or other surfaces with the top of the palms or fingers.