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The Conga drum : development, technique, styles, improvisations and the contribution of master drummer Ramon 'Mongo' Santamaria

Pertout, Alex


This thesis aims to document the broad development of the conga drum or tumbadora as it is known in Spanish, a hand drum of Congolese descent which developed in Cuba. The conga drum is now one of the most popular rhythmic instruments found in the world today, taking part in a wide range of musical settings. The research includes a historical perspective, a detailed analysis of sounds, hand technique, rhythms and improvisations, with particular reference to the contribution of master...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Thesis (Masters)


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