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New to congas, interest in Afro-Latin and Caribbean styles

Postby KalindaChevere » Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:52 am

Hi mycongaplace forum community! I have just purchased an LP Matator conga and a tumba. First I just want to say thanks to the community here for providing so much great advice which lead me to my first conga purchase (which I’m very satisfied with) and for helping me begin to understand congas. I did not have an account before but the threads I read and studied helped me a great deal.

The next step for me is to connect with percussionists interested in Afro-Latin and Caribbean rhythms in my area. I live in Jersey about half way between Philly and NYC. I can attend activities in New Jersey and as far as Philly and NYC.

If anyone knows of any group lessons or activities in this area for the Afro-Latin and Caribbean rhythms please let me know. I would like to get connected and learn.

Or if anyone on the forum who lives in the area wants to start a practice group with me to jam on rumba and eventually the many other regional Afro-roots and popular rhythms let me know.

Thanks everyone, looking forward to hear from the community.
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Re: New to congas, interest in Afro-Latin and Caribbean styl

Postby Greensail » Fri Feb 21, 2020 1:57 pm

Hi Kalinda, came across your post. I play with some mates doing rock, blues, a little country and funk. But I "hear" Latin and mostly what I practice. I too am very interested in Caribbean rhythms but personally I find it difficult to translate. They do not seem too favorable to congas. Have you come across any links or info to that end? I have just established a presence in the islands and look forward to playing with a number of the locals here.
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Re: New to congas, interest in Afro-Latin and Caribbean styl

Postby Greensail » Sat Apr 11, 2020 12:43 pm

Hi Kalinda, I reviewed our comments again and wanted to add a suggestion. In some recent communication with a Caribbean island friend, she noted perhaps Calypso rhythms. I have begun exploring and while quite the novice in this genre, calypso seems far more "conga friendly" than many of the Caribbean rhythms that I have tried to incorporate. Perhaps give a listen.
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Re: New to congas, interest in Afro-Latin and Caribbean styl

Postby Chtimulato » Sat Apr 11, 2020 7:47 pm

Caribbean rhythms [...] do not seem too favorable to congas


calypso seems far more "conga friendly" than many of the Caribbean rhythms that I have tried to incorporate


Greensail and KalindaChevere, which Caribbean rhythms do you want to play ?
This would help us to help you. I'm sure we can find conga patterns fitting on Caribbean rhythms. There are so many anyway : calypso and soca, reggae, mento, kompa, cadence, biguine, zouk, bomba, plena, the whole Cuban declension to name a few. And you can incorparate congas in all of them.
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