Although still unfamiliar to most music fans, the cajon is certainly gaining popularity in North America these days. A percussion instrument of Peruvian origin, the cajon has a fascinating history throughout much of the world music scene. Pop culture got its taste of this simple yet dynamic drum on American Idol recently, and dozens of bands and musicians are turning to the cajon for a new, yet functional, sound they can add to their musical tool kits.
Paul Jennings (pictured below) is an accomplished drummer and percussionist whose passion for the cajon spurred him to launch cajonpercussion.com in 2010. The instrument first caught Paul’s eye in his native Scotland where it is now a popular part of the Scottish folk scene.
Recently, Paul’s youtube lessons have inspired Kopf Percussion, who are collaborating with Paul on his latest project playcajon.org. The online cajon lesson resource will feature over one hundred lesson videos when it is launched in early 2012. Paul plans to continuously add lessons and resources each month and expand the site in other relevant directions.
So, for those of you interested in this compact, portable, yet incredible-sounding percussion instrument, here are a few photographs.