If you want to be heard at the back of the Salsa club, at home, in a drum circle, at a recording session or a casual jam with your friends, Cocobolo is the wood that cuts through the loudest. Cocobolo is a very dense wood, bright orange to deep red and dark purple, with pronounced grain.
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La Mano Secreta or “The Secret Hand” is what I call a ‘technique’ or rhythm system for playing rolls with a heel tip (a.k.a. palm tip or shuffle) on your left hand. If you are lefty then it would be your right hand and when you get more advanced you play it on both hands.
I recently went to the studios of Peter Musser in Petaluma, California to see what exactly he was up to and I was blown away by the incredible drums he is making! Anyone considering an “artisan” conga, a conga drum or set of congas from an individual craftsman, should definitely check out Peter’s work.
Here is an interview I did with him:
I have had the great opportunity to know and to have been playing for Lasensua for over 20 years or more. I first met her on the Big Island of Hawaii. Lasensua has lived, studied & performed in many areas of the world. Her travels started in 1974, when she became immersed in Hawaiian culture through their music & “Hula” dance. She has journeyed to Brazil, Cuba, West Africa, Caribbean, Tahiti, India & Indonesia to live and study dance on location.
We are looking for a talented multi disciplined dance teacher for a new world dance , movement and world music center/studio on the beautiful and exotic Koh Samui Island in scenic Thailand. If you can teach salsa, brazilian, west african and more please contact us soon. The center is just forming now. Other dance teachers and people in the movement arts are welcomed to contact us as well. We will also be offering classes in West African djembe and dunun drumming and Afro Cuban conga drumming as well! Koh Samui is an amazing island that offers sun, nice beaches, friendly people, great food and fabulous nature as well. It is reachable by boat, plane and bus. A typical 2 Bedroom apartments with kitchen and a/c is about $300 US per …
In 1985 we traveled to Cuba to learn about Cuban culture, study the music and experience the Cuban lifestyle. We were young and looking for musical and cultural adventures . While staying at the hotel in Havana we met Pello el Afrokan in our lobby. We told him about our quest to study Cuban music, rhythm and dance and he took our small group of friends on as a project. Pello was famous becuase in 1963, Pedro Izquierdo, known as Pello el Afrokán created the Mozambique rhythm composition and dance choreography. It actually turned into a dance craze in many parts of the world and Pello traveled around the world performing including Europe and Russia as well. When we asked Pello why he named the rhythm Mozambique he said, …