Afro-Cuban / Latin Drumming

Afro-Cuban / Latin Drumming

This style of drumming is a rich fusion of African percussive rhythms, jazz and the native qualities of Cuban music expressed through the present day drum kit rather than hand or other percussion instruments.  This has resulted in a distinct sound owing to the fusion of the modern drum kit and the technically advanced and frenetic qualities of Afro-Cuban rhythms.

The basis of Afro-Cuban or Afro-Caribbean Drumming centres around the CLAVE.  There are two types of Clave; the key to the rhythmic foundation, and the two short sticks called the Claves, where one is male – the stick that strikes, and the female – the stick that makes the sound after it has been struck.

There are different types of Clave; the 6/8 Clave as the root of the Son clave (Son, Bolero, Cha Cha, Guaracha, Mambo) and Rumba clave (Rumba styles: Yambu, Guaguanco ).

This video outlines briefly the history of Afro-Cuban drumming.



Acevedo, Memo, et al (2002), Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for the Drum Set, The Collective, New York

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