I’ve been playing the drums since I was 5 I guess, and still play in a band for fun.
In the last few years I started playing the Cajon for duet or trio gigs.
Supposedly it originates from American slaves playing wooden boxes for rhythm but is used commonly now in Flamenco music and other percussive music types.
It’s a wooden box with some snare wires behind the front wood and two sounds van be generated; a tap (like a snare drum) and thud (like a bass drum) – so it’s essentially a bass and snare sound.
It’s sounds fantastic, projects far and looks really good on stage as the audience can see the player’s hand darting around.