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Single headed Afro-Cuban drum popular around the world. The set of three comprise the quinto [high], conga [middle] and tumbadora [low]. The drum is played with both hands and is capable of many sounds which have to be developed before moving to the rhythmic repertoire. The main sounds employed are: open tone, muffled tone, open slap, muffled slap, bass tone, fingers and palm.


For further information and some conga patterns please refer to the following articles CLAVE CONCEPTS Afro-Cuban Rhythms, CLAVE CONCEPTS Tito Puente's Para Los Rumberos, GUAGUANCO Afro-Cuban Rumba, BOMBA Afro-Puerto Rican Treasure and MOZAMBIQUE The Manny Oquendo Touch.

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