Arcomusical is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates the awareness and artistic advancement of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and related African musical bows. Arcomusical’s mission is supported by six pillars of activity:
What is a musical bow?
Although the berimbau is a well-known instrument in Brazil, most people in the United States are not familiar with its elegant beauty and simplicity. And people remain largely unaware of the diverse family of instruments to which the berimbau belongs. Musical bows are the most popular and widespread traditional string instrument found throughout sub-saharan Africa, and the berimbau made its way to Brazil via the transatlantic slave trade. The berimbau’s closest relatives are found in southern Africa, and specifically in the Portuguese speaking countries of Angola and Mozambique.