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Pop Conga Players

Postby Kaban » Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:02 am

Hey all,

Who in your opinion is one of the best, if not the best Pop (popular, R&B, funk) conga player? Please give an example of their art; song link or Youtube link.

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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Roka » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:23 am

You can hardly clearly decide "The one is the best", as there are alot of equally nice examples.
Don Allias' records with David Sanborn were quite interesting.
Luis Conte at Ziggy Marley's "Love is my Religion" is very creative.
Lenny Castro on John Mayall's "Along for the ride" demonstrates nice approach too.
And what about Sola Akinbola of Jamiroquay ?
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Kaban » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:24 am

Wow, I got lots to search, thank you Roka. What kind of approach/style do you take with your drums?
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby JohnnyConga » Mon Apr 14, 2014 1:44 pm

Ok Bob Conti with Donna Summers(Bob is on about 12 gold albums and platinum albums) and has been with Jose Feliciano for 30 years..

the Great Joe LaLa who just passed away was on the Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever and many others who also garnered multiple Gold and Platinum albums over his 40 years career...

Johnny Griggs who played with the James Brown band for many years...

Carlos Martin...conga player on "Turn the Beat Around" and numerous recordings in the 70's in New York city(one of the greatest players around at the time)...

Ralph McDonald-producer arranger/percussionist on many albums in the 70's and 80's...

Johnny Conga with Santana, Gloria Gaynor(Disco Queen) , Sergio Mendes, Silver Convention, Al Downing, Fessor Funk, and others (70's and 80's)

Mtume-another funk player and jazz

Master Henry Gibson-Curtis Mayfield band and many others...

Chuggy Carter- Labelle and others

Doc Gibbs-played with everyone out of Philly in the 70's and 80's and still around today....(was the band on the Emeril cooking show)

I know there are others I cant think of right now ..when they come to me I will add them....
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Kaban » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:50 am

JC, thank you very much, I had no idea that there is that many great pop players! Your a walking history book!
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Roka » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:34 am

Kaban wrote:Wow, I got lots to search, thank you Roka. What kind of approach/style do you take with your drums?


Maybe punk rock :)
Decide yourself
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1__cMIAYOU

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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Roka » Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:48 am

And check Cassandra's Wilson records. I would begin from "Glamoured"
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby burke » Tue Apr 15, 2014 1:17 pm

Hey Roka

Loved it!
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Kaban » Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:16 pm

Hey Roka, that's awesome, the congas filled in perfectly!
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Roka » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:42 pm

Nice to hear :)
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Pop Conga Players

Postby JohnnyConga » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:27 pm

some more for ya

Bill Summers
Ray Armando
Art "Ture" Oliva
Lenny Castro
Kevin Ricard
Ron Powell
Joe Venero
Derf Reklaw Raheem
Earl DeRoun
Terry Santiel

I didnt mention the bands all these guys were in cause they were too numerous. They were/are also "session musicians"...but look them up and see/hear the work they have done...
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby mangorockfish » Fri Apr 18, 2014 10:52 pm

You guys forgot to mention my favorite, Eddie "Bongo" Brown with the Funk Brothers. The backing band for all the MoTown hits. Man I loved that guy.
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby CongaTick » Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:07 pm

@ROKA....THANK YOU for turning me on to Cassandra Wilson. WOW!!!
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby Roka » Sat Apr 19, 2014 6:50 pm

CongaTick wrote:@ROKA....THANK YOU for turning me on to Cassandra Wilson. WOW!!!


Yea, yea, her albums are amazing.
Have you heard those ?
http://www.allmusic.com/album/caym-the- ... 0002086458
http://www.allmusic.com/album/timba-talmud-mw0000815930
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/mrss2
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Re: Pop Conga Players

Postby CongaTick » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:33 pm

Roka, I PM'ed you to avoid hijacking.
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