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A few key percussion instruments…

  • Congas: Probably the most well known Latin percussion instrument is the conga, a deep, single headed hand drum from Cuba. Congas can be constructed from the traditional wood or the more resilient fiberglass; heads are typically calf skin, although some drums use plastic heads.
  • Bongos are, in a way, like small congas. Like congas, bongos hail from Cuba and are played with your hands and fingers. Unlike congas, which are singular drums with very deep shells, bongos are shallow drums that come in pairs; a small one and a large one joined together by a bridge.