A cuíca is a musical instrument in the form of a tiny barrel covered with animal skin at one end, which is fixed to a piece of leather or a wooden stick and produces a hoarse sound when rubbed with a damp cloth. Of Bantu origin, it was brought to
slaves from the Congo and . Angola
It's often to use them in the carnival, in Bahia.
Once integrated into the Brazilian percussive arsenal, the Cuíca was traditionally used by samba school in the carnival groups and Capixaba Congo, but it's now also found in contemporary Jazz and Latin styles.
Other names for the instrument: roncador, tambor-onça, porca, quica, adufe, omelê.