Conga music developed from rhythmic street parade performances by groups of musicians called comparsas which play music and dance in Cuban streets during festivals like Carnival. The genre in the Western Cuban city of Havana is different from that of the Eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, which features a “Chinese horn.” SantiagoDeCubaCity.org says it like this: “I believe that there is not to have born for not feeling the contagious rhythm of La Conga, because still being dead, Oriental conga or Conga Santiaguera makes you resuscitate.” More | Learn to drum the genre’s basic rhythms | An all-star Comparsa
KEY INSTRUMENTS: Bocu, Bombo, Bottles, Campanas, Chinese horn, Frying pan, anything anyone can use as a drum
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