Salvador Cane Cutter

Viola Machete

The Brazilian Kora



The viola machete is the quintessential samba-de-roda stringed instrument, going so far as to give its name to one of the principal types of samba in the region of Santo Amaro -- samba de viola.



The viola machete up top was made by Rodrigo Veras, above, resident of São Francisco do Conde, situated at the north end of the Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints). Rodrigo's wonderful blog is here: http://www.corpodusom.blogspot.com.br/