The cantaro is a percussion instrument. It is a clay pot that is struck in its outer surface or mouth with a hand, creating different effects. Water can be used to pitch the instrument to a desired sound.

In Mexico, particularly in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca, it is used to accompany chilenas, sones, parabienes, gustos, minuetes, jarabes oaxaqueños, and danzas indígenas. The cantaro is also used in the fandangos mixtecos of Puebla.

See also

  • Udu, a similar musical pot found in Africa


  • Chamorro, J. Arturo (1984). Los Instrumentos de Percusión en México (in Spanish). Zamora, Mich. and México D.F.: Colegio de Michoacán and CONACYT. ISBN 978-968-7230-02-3. OCLC 12837881.
  • Contreras Arias, Juan Guillermo (1988). Atlas Cultural de México, vol. 11: Musica (in Spanish). México, D.F.: Secretaría de Educación Pública, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, and Grupo Editorial Planeta. ISBN 968-406-121-8. OCLC 19415139.
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