The word, "Conga" is accually a misnomer. Although "Conga" is the name most commonly used for these drums, Conga really refers to the middle sized drum in a set of drums called "Tumbadoras".


make-up a family.
"Quinto", the "Boy"
is the smallest.
"Conga", the "Father" is the middle sized-drum and "Tumbadora" the "Mother"
is the largest of the three.

Some players bring in one or two more drums; a Nino or perhaps a lower drum called a "Super Tumba" but Bones prefers to use a pair of Bongos in his set-up.
He uses a combination of Traditional Patterns with his own rhythmical slant to spark any dance-floor.

Quint, Conga & Tumbadora
Bones' stage set-up
As he looks at the audience,
Bones plays a
"Quinto" in the middle,
"Conga" on the left and a "Tumba" on the right with "Macho" and "Hembra" Bongos in the middle.

Congas, as they are most commonly refered to, are originally from Africa. Congas, and drums as a whole, were forbidden to African's who were captured and taken to the Caribbean during the Slave Trade. Slaves kept the traditional drumming alive through the passing down of songs and rhythms orally and playing on anything close at hand. Cajons (or Boxes in English) and Hoe Blades are now accepted instruments in Afro-Cuban music.