Bongos - History

Posted by Eric Azumi on

The bongos used in changui, known as bongo de monte, are larger and tuned lower than their modern counterparts, have tack-heads instead of tunable hardware, and play in a manner similar to the lead conga drum (quinto) and other folkloric lead drum parts.

The bongo came to western Cuba at the turn of the 20th century, when son migrated to the capital city of Havana. As son cubano inspired Cuban big band music gained international popularity, the Cuban bongo was exported all over the world. It is today one of the most common hand drums.

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