The Marimba is the national instrument. Similar to a xylophone, the “Marimba”is constructed with hardwood plates placed over bamboo of different lengths. It is usually played along with guitars and some other percussion instruments. In the Caribbean coast, the visitor will find a different kind of music due to the African influence. Beside reggae and other Caribbean music, the “Palo de Mayo” offers intensive and erotic rhythm, especially during the May festival in Bluefields.
Most of the local religious festivities and celebrations are accompanied by theatrical presentations with costumes, music and dances. These manifestations represent scenes from the past relating with the Indian culture to the Spanish colonialist.