Here are some very interesting and also, some of the best congas ever made. These are drums I have owned at one time or another and /or played a lot. I have also included several comparison videos for your viewing and listening pleasure. Some of these congas (or “tambores” aka “timbas”) are classic, vintage and others are modern. I will tell you right off the bat, you may have a difference of opinion. And I expect that. These are only my choices, based on what I have been exposed to. I say “some of the best”. There are others that might be good or even better. That’s for you to decide. PM Percussion congas are made by drum builder Peter Musser in Petaluma, California from imported French Oak wine barrels. The …
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http://worldmusiccentral.org/2016/05/01/les-moncada-chats-with-conguero-and-djembefola-drummer-michael-pluznick/ ARTIST PROFILES, INTERVIEWS LES MONCADA CHATS WITH CONGUERO AND DJEMBEFOLA DRUMMER MICHAEL PLUZNICK MAY 1, 2016 LES MONCADA LEAVE A COMMENT Francisco Aguabella once told me, “I do not play the drum, I have lived the drum”. Remembering that phrase, it’s great when one’s daily line of work is drumming for a living, teaching drum lessons and or even selling drums and miscellaneous supplies to drummers, or as a musician full time. Michael Pluznick is such a drum master, who has been learning and teaching drumming all his life. What a dream job! Any drummer would actually die for! Michael is constantly traveling worldwide, teaching drumming classes and playing with the legends of drums for example djembe drum legend Bolokada Conde. Michael was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, but he presently …
I am back in the USA and starting up new group, private and Skype lessons on djembe, percussion and playing the conga drum. This winter I will be in Asia including Thailand, Phillipines and India. I am looking forward to working and playing with you all as teaching is my passion in life. I love to share and have great joy when I am able to connect through the drum with you! I started teaching as a way to help others enjoy drumming more, to share the wonderful aspects of the drum and the deep rooted culture it comes from and also to deepen and further my own learning and understanding and learning. Because when I teach I teach how I would like to be taught, with patience in a step …
There are many styles and ways to play hand drums originating from West Africa. Be it traditional drumming, Afro Cuban, Haitian, Brazilian, South American, Trinidadian, (or others) it does not matter as it all comes or originates from the same tree. Even rock music and drum circles have their links, fundamental rhyhtms or branches from the same tree. If we understand this simple concept, that our hand drumming originates from Africa we can understand we are all working and playing together as one big drum family. No matter who you are or where you are from if you want to play or learn drumming you can. Drumming is indeed for everybody. And it does not matter how good or bad you are. It is not about that. For me it …
I recently had the opportunity to work with the amazing dancer and dance teacher Kimberly Miguel Mullen at her special Afro Cuban Folkloric dance workshop in Nevada City, California. Nevada city is situated on the beautiful Yuba river and is a thriving tourist and drum and dance community as well.
“Keepers of the Flame” is a documentary about the elder
statesmen of Rumba who live in Matanzas and Havana.
Francisco Zamorra Chirino, (“Menini”) and Pedro Aballi Torriente
(“Regalado”) are two of these elder statesmen and co-founders
of AfroCuba de Matanzas, one of Cuba’s preeminent folkloric
groups. Both Menini and Regalado are the keepers of the undying
and fervent flame of Rumba and the deep and profound folkloric
rhythms which were brought to Cuba from Africa.