Kw-logo-smaller

Bongos

Congo Bongo!
Adjustable drum head bongos
Start a drum circle today.
Wood Bongos

Have you ever heard the song Everyday Is a Winding Road by Sheryl Crow? Well those cool drumbeats are made using bongos or bongo drums. Bongos are used in all sorts of music but especially in world music which uses tons of percussion instruments. An example of world music is The Gipsy Kings. Ricky Martin uses bongos in his music all the time. They were extremely popular in those cha-cha songs from the 60s but have been around since the late 1800s. Cuba is famous for bongos but they may actually have originated in Africa.

Bongos are two small open-ended drums that are joined together. Each drum is a different size so you can produce different notes with each side. The most common drumheads are made of animal skins, but they're also available in thin plastic. The body of the drum is usually wood, metal or even ceramic.

A simple pair of bongos doesn't have a drumhead that can be stretched and tuned to produce different notes. Fancier ones do have adjustable heads which are fastened and tightened with metal bars. Better quality drums can fit on drum stands for easier play. Musicians playing live gigs usually play with the help of a stand.

By using your thumbs, fingertips and the heels of your hands, you can produce different notes by striking the head. It's important to protect the head of your drum with special "drum oils." If you don't the air and your hands can absorb the moisture of the drum skin and it can become dry and crack.

The great thing about bongo drums is that they're very portable, cheap and fun. This is one reason why they are popular as classroom percussion instruments.. If you know any other people who play any kind of hand drum it's really cool to get a drum circle going. That's when you get a group of people together and everyone goes off on their own little groove and it sounds amazing together. If you're just starting out, it may not sound so amazing at first but give it time and it's a trip. People often have drum circles on the beach while people dance in the sand in the middle of the circle. So pick up a hand drum and an instruction CD and play that funky music.

Related Stories:
>
>

readers voted!

Comments

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

Bongo is also some fashion line
commented: Sat Sep 14, 2013

ILY Tanya ILY

ILY Tanya ILY wrote:

Hehe Bongo's ;)
commented: Fri Apr 13, 2012

scn71402_1900221
Nice!!! Interesting. I love percussion, but I can't make a song with percussion.
commented: Thu Oct 13, 2011

there are 3 more comments

Please login or register to add comments

share with your friends


Twitter Facebook Myspace Digg


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F990836930906

What Kind of Drums do You Wanna Play?

  • Bongos look like a lot of fun.
  • Traditional drums are the way to rock!
  • Electric drums are more my style.
  • I'd rather play Nintendo than learn an instrument.

related stories

Percussion instruments are an important part of a song. Drums aren't the only way to add beats to...
The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in modern music and is played by musicians all ...
The djembe is a goblet drum made in North Africa or the Middle East out of clay, wood or metal.

Random in the forums

hugebear
hugebear posted in General:
ello xD
reply 1 minute
Jelly3
Jelly3 posted in Debating:
Nope, I don't like school.  I love school. :D
reply 11 minutes
jordand08
jordand08 posted in Say Anything:
Blue or green :p
reply 12 minutes
kingofdisaster_
Blue, Green, or Brown are my favorite.
reply 18 minutes
MissChocolate321
Well I hate school when it's the lessons I don't like such as Maths or History. And I do like school when it's the lessons I like such as English or Drama. And another reason I like school is cause I get to meet my best friends :D 
reply 20 minutes

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

1515_gl_kidzworld_100x100_jpg_fz

Intriguing planets, weird and wonderful characters; challenge friends and find a...

157262_(2)

When you go back to Candyland, you’ll wonder why you ever left in the first plac...

100x100_ra_logo_girl

Uncle George has left you his farm, but unfortunately it’s in pretty bad shape. ...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properies to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be re...