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Russia hopes to stir World Cup crowds with musical spoons

Move over vuvuzela players. The musical instrument to master for this year’s soccer World Cup is the Russian spoon. Eight years after South Africans blared away on their plastic vuvuzela horns when they hosted the contest, Russians are hoping fans at the tournament it hosts starting on Thursday will celebrate by clacking their “lozhkas” - spoons that beat out an insistent, but quieter rhythm. Folk musicians using the traditional instruments - two wooden spoons held back to back and struck by a third - have already…