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FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia hopes to stir World Cup crowd with 'Spoons of Victory' musical instrument

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 June 2018, 11:39 IST

The folk musicians will use the traditional instruments - two wooden spoons held back to back and struck by a third - have already become a feature at official receptions.

When South Africa hosted World Cup eight years ago they blared away on their plastic vuvuzela horns. The Russians are expecting that fans at the World Cup will celebrate by clacking their “lozhkas” - spoons that beat out an insistent, but quieter rhythm.

Less skilled supporters will be able to buy an adapted plastic pair, joined at the end for easier clicking.

Designer Rustam Nugmanov got government backing to produce a line of coloured and branded “Spoons of Victory” that have been recognised as the tournament’s official instrument.

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“When we were choosing an instrument which is typically Russian and which reflects Russian cultural values, we had a choice of three: a treshchotka (clapper), a shaker and a lozhka,” he said.

They wanted instruments that could knock out a rhythm, without totally dominating the proceedings like the vuvuzelas did before them. They also wanted to avoid the shattering rattling produced by Brazil’s “caxirola” percussion instruments at the championships four years ago.

“When we were choosing an instrument which is typically Russian and which reflects Russian cultural values, we had a choice of three: a treshchotka (clapper), a shaker and a lozhka,” he said.

“That (the caxirola) sounds like a beehive and is a very loud instrument and also does not allow you to clap a rhythm, said Nugmanov. “We have chosen spoons.”

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First published: 12 June 2018, 11:39 IST
 
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