First post - Congas with Afrobeat

A place where discuss about secrets, tips and suggestions for practicing on congas and to improve your skill and technique ...

First post - Congas with Afrobeat

Postby barry_k » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:02 pm

Hi everyone,

This is my first post here.

Do any of you know any conga rhythms that would suit Afrobeat (e.g. the music of Fela Kuti/ Tony Allen)?

There doesn't seem to be much out there at all for the congas in this area.

The following video seems like a good Afrobeat resource for the drum kit:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyFCT_NkBx4

I would love to find a similar video (or some rhythms) for the congas.
It sounds like there are some congas in the background of the above video with a Tumbao variant in there.

All input and advice based on your experience would be most appreciated.

Thanks!

Barry
barry_k
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:07 pm

Re: First post - Congas with Afrobeat

Postby burke » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:01 pm

Hi and welcome,

Not to be a bummer, but this forum is kinda dead now, but some folks still contribute. However as an archive of incredible information I hope it stays up for a long time.

I'm not familiar the music of Fela Kuti/ Tony Allen but when I checked out the link you provided I immediately thought 'funk' and specifically about what Micheal Spiro says about it.

There is 1/2 a video of this on youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHEYss29dwg
...but unfortunately its the half about playing shuffle tumbao and not funk ... but I think he offers a free trial for congamasterclass
However this guy's version is in the same ballpark as Spiro's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ef_Pz8Q16is

That is just my ears opinion and may be wildly incorrect [ie what you should play with the music you reference]

Cheers
Burke
burke
 
Posts: 746
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:50 pm
Location: Nova Scotia

Re: First post - Congas with Afrobeat

Postby barry_k » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:06 pm

Hi Burke

Thanks very much for taking the time to reply I really appreciate it.

You are right there is definitely a funk element to Afrobeat. I will check out the videos and see how the rhythms fit.

Sorry to hear that the forum is pretty dead. Is there another conga forum that you are member of that is more active?

Thanks again for your advice.

Cheers for now

Barry
barry_k
 
Posts: 2
Joined: Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:07 pm

Re: First post - Congas with Afrobeat

Postby burke » Thu Oct 05, 2017 4:38 pm

None that I know of or belong to.
Burke
burke
 
Posts: 746
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:50 pm
Location: Nova Scotia

Re: First post - Congas with Afrobeat

Postby Chtimulato » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:50 pm

Hi.

About afro-beat, and its kind of "cousins" highlife and juju music, I suggest you listen to a lot of CDs or Youtube videos.
You'll certainly eventually learn basic patterns which you can enhance later.
You can also attend gigs, if there happens to be some where you live.

A research (in French) on the "Afrobeat" Wikipedia page gave me a lot of bands names, not only Fela and his sons, and not only from Nigeria. I discovered for instance that the British band Osibisa, which I've been knowing for a long time, is also labelled as related to Afrobeat.
If you don't any results in English (which would surprise me), I can give you the link to the page in French.

About the forum, it's not quite dead, since we're still exchanging... It's just "a little" quieter than before.
Most members are not dead, anyhow, but are now rather on Facebook - for those who like and use Facebook.
User avatar
Chtimulato
 
Posts: 115
Joined: Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:54 pm
Location: North of France

Re: First post - Congas with Afrobeat

Postby burke » Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:47 am

I just checked my pulse ... and you are correct ... not quite dead :lol:
Burke
burke
 
Posts: 746
Joined: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:50 pm
Location: Nova Scotia


Return to Congas Technique, Rhythms and Exercises

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


cron