The “caxirola” will not make a sound at the Confederations Cup

The “caxirola” will not make a sound at the Confederations Cup

"No fans will be allowed to enter with any musical instrument and that includes the caxirola. We are taking these steps in the test games and at the Confederations Cup it will also be in force", explained Hilário Medeiros on Monday. Medeiros is the security manager of the World Cup Local Organizing Committee (LOC).

The caxirola was invented especially for the World Cup by Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown.

The noisy vuvuzela, unlike the caxirola, was used by South African fans decades before the World Cup.

The prohibition of musical instruments, which also includes traditional drums, will be in force this Sunday for the friendly between England and Brazil in the Maracaná in Rio de Janeiro, which will serve as a test game for the legendary stadium.

The 'revolt of the caxirolas'

The FIFA Confederations Cup is being held from June 15 to 30 in six of the 12 World Cup venues. One of them is located in Salvador and there is where the controversy started that led to the banning of the caxirola.

On April 28, during the Bahia championship match between Bahía and Vitoria held at the World Cup Stadium, fans furious with the result threw dozens of these instruments on the field, in what the press dubbed the "revolt of the caxirolas".

Since then, FIFA and the LOC evaluated its use for the Confederations Cup in that it could be used as a weapon. If it will be banned for the World Cup next year has not yet been confirmed.

The instrument designed by Brown, a renowned poet, percussionist and Brazilian artist, was inspired by the caxixi, a small basket with seeds or rice inside that accompanies Afro-Brazilian dances and rituals, such as the capoeira.

"For many people the vuvuzela was very noisy but the truth is that everyone remembers it. She told us that we should continue with the rhythm and as a musician I couldn't stop. From this came the caxirola which is a little less noisy", said Brown in September 2012.

On April 23 the instrument was launched in Brasilia and until now was distributed free at some games held in World Cup stadiums.

So without the vuvuzela, the caxirola, or a drum or a trumpet, the fans in the stadiums will be left with just their voices, whistles and applause.