There are several different ways to learn to play or express yourself on drums originating from the african diaspora be it afro cuban, west african or other areas. Here is a short overview. It does not matter which style of drumming you choose to play in be it traditional drumming or freestyle, if you balance your practice and studies you will increase your overall playing abilities and as a result have more fun. I would like to divide the ways I have found to learn into categories or approaches, how we come to the drum and from what mind set we use. The first approach to learning would be practicing or learning a traditional form from a specific place. This usually happens with a teacher but we all learn differently. …
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“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.
This is a demonstration and sound test of my 4 new Spirit In The Wood conga drums made by Conrad Kubiak in Pennsylavania from solid logs. These are on piece drums (shells) all made from the same tree. The type of wood used is called “Figured Ash”.