Ka’í Òrgel

Curaçao, Aruba and also Bonaire are the only islands in the Caribbean where until this day the music of the ka’i òrgel (barrel organ) (tinguilingui box in Aruba) can be heard. The ka’i òrgel has become part of the history of Curaçao. It was introduced in Curaçao by Horacio Sprock (1866-1949) via Venezuela. Although the ka’i òrgel originated in Europe, it got a local Creole touch by adding the wiri to accompany the music, which is probably the reason why the instrument still exists.

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