In this edition of "Latin Roots," Alt.Latino correspondent Felix Contreras discusses the history and the impact of the conga — or more properly known as the tumbadora — in Cuba and abroad. Originally from Africa, the conga became a critical instrument in Afro-Cuban religious culture.
Contreras talks about the varying techniques and styles one can produce with the conga — and gives a short demonstration in our studio. From guaguancó to rumba and the cha-cha-chá, the instrument is fundamental to a number of different rhythms.
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- Felix Contreras, "Conga Demo"
- Dizzy Gillespie, "Manteca"
- Giovanni Hidalgo, "The Conga"