Cajon is the Spanish word for box.
The idea of using a simple box as a drum originates from Latin America. Initially a Peruvian slaves’ instrument, the cajon became well known in the 1970s with the success of Spanish flamenco music in Europe.
D.D. Lowka beats a big cajon (Cajon le Peru), tensioned with a rustling metal mat, with single fingers and the full fist; he plays the smaller ones with his hands and a wire drum brush.