Bongo Drums

Bongo drums are two drums, one larger and one smaller, joined together by a wooden or metal frame. Bongos are widely used especially in Latin music. Often they are thought of as having originated in Cuba, but in fact variations of bongo drums can be found in Africa as well as parts of the Middle East.

Typically, bongo drums have a wooden or metal base. They can be tuned, as with most drums, by tightening the skin over the drum. The drums range in size, but in all cases one drummer will be larger than the other.

The larger drum is called hembra, the smaller drum macho. Hembra, produces a lower tone than macho. Both are significantly higher in tone than larger conga drums. To make sound out of the bongo drums, the player simply taps them with his or her fingers.