Posted by percussion play on July 09, 2015
The Conga Drums are fast becoming our most popular product. Bright, colourful and entertaining, the Congas are easy to install and fantastic value for money. We are currently building large numbers ready to be installed across the globe and thought this shot of them all ready for assembly looked great.
Drums are one of the oldest forms of musical instrument, with history stretching back thousands of years—and long before the invention of the modern drums sets, different kinds of drums played a major role in the music, traditions, and communication of many cultures around the world.
It’s thought that Conga Drums originate from Africa with the name probably deriving from the Republic of the Congo (Congolese). Conga drums also have roots in Cuban music, it’s thought the conga drum came to Cuba during the slave trade. Among Cubans and aficionados the name Tumbadora is considered more accurate and a musician who plays a conga is called a Conguero.
The conga drum is a tall and narrow drum with a single head and can be held between the knees of the musician, hung from the shoulders with a strong leather belt or mounted onto a tripod stand to hold it vertically. Conga drums were probably first made by covering empty rum barrels with animal hides, and tuned by heating the hides with a flame. As new ideas, techniques and materials have come along the conga has seen many changes since originally created. Rawhide is still the most popular material for conga drum heads, but today, synthetic heads, made of plastics & other materials, are also available.
The musician, or Conguero, strikes the drum with the palms of his hands. To extract a short, muted sound the edge of the drum is struck with the left palm. To produce a deeper sound, the centre of the drum is struck with the right hand. Conga Drums are used in numerous musical styles but predominately Latin music. However their distinctive sound work well with every genre from samba to R&B to rock ‘n’ roll.
Percussion Play Conga Drums are a little different as they’ve been designed for permanent outdoor installation. Installing a pair or a trio of congas will certainly liven up your outdoor space, bring a little Cuban energy, rhythm and soul and creating many new congueros!