About Arcomusical

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.


Organization Mission

In the Arcomusical mission resonate the recent words of the great congressmen John Robert Lewis, quoting fellow civil rights pioneer Asa Philip Randolph:

“Maybe our forefathers and mothers all came to this great land in different ships, but we are all in the same boat now. We all live in the same house. The American house.”

Arcomusical stands with the rich diversity of perspective, thought, and culture that truly make America great. Although these bows come from around the world, their musical transformation is happening right here in the unique cultural crucible of the United States. For Arcomusical, this is American music.