Bongos are two small, wooden drums
traditionally played between the knees.


Like timbales, the larger drum is called "Hembra" (the Female) and the smaller one is "Macho" but the smaller of the two drums is usually on the left when playing Bongos.


The person who plays Bongos is refered to as the "Bonguero". The Bonguero is resposible for the patterns that interlock with those of the Conguero. The common pattern in Afro-Cuban music is "Martillo". When the music picks up, the Bonguero picks up a Bongo-Bell or "Campana" and jams with the Timbalero.