Photographer: Pedro Genaro Rodriguez
The black Maroons in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic used the “oboe” made of seashell, known also as the “conch oboe” for their survival. Some authors note that they were also known and used by the Indians.
Nowadays the “oboe” is used in some Dominican communities as a way of notifying the meat varieties that exist in the butcher shops. Most recently, for surveillance and protection from approaching public and police forces during protests and street fights that take place in the city of Santo Domingo. As a musical instrument, we find it in the Gagá.