Samba is an incredibly rhythm heavy style of music, but that doesn't mean you need to be a professional drummer to join in on the fun. Whether you're a beginner, a seasoned veteran, or have never picked up a set of sticks in your life, the wide variety of available samba shakers can have you feeling the groove in no time. Samba is generally believed to have developed in the late 19th century in and around Rio de Janeiro. As it has developed, it has become nearly synonymous with the lively Carnival festival that takes place every year in Brazil. With its infectious style and role for skilled and novice musicians alike, it's easy to understand why it has become so popular. When choosing a shaker for your samba, ask yourself one simple question, "What kind of sound do I want to make?" There are a wide variety of shakers available, each with their own distinct characteristics that help them stand out. If you're looking for a warm yet penetrating sound, check out the aluminium samba double shaker from Meinl. It produces serious sound that is able to powerfully stand out in nearly any environment. On the other hand, thanks to its full, crisp sound and enhanced timbre, a Studiomix Shaker may also be ideal for you. If you're interested in a different kind of sound entirely, you may want to look into picking up a chocalho or rocar. Equipped with jingles, these types of instruments provide great accompaniment and are easy to transport while you're dancing along to any rhythm pounding samba. As always, the shaker you choose all depends on what you like. The options available to you make it more than easy to pick one up, practice, and be ready to step out for the next street festival in no time. Whether you're headed to your local parade with friends and family, or making the legendary trip to Carnival, these shakers will have you shaking your hips in no time.