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Frank Colón's Percussion Playgound (Ep. 2)  

Frank Colón's Percussion Playground is a podcast dedicated exclusively to the music of percussionists who are bandleaders and/or composers. I'll also talk to you about the artist's background and accomplishments and the other drummers on the track. I’ll also tell you how our professional and personal paths have intertwined and anything else I may know about their music. 

In this Episode 2, I feature songs by Babatunde Olatunji, Mor Thiam, Rubem Dantas, Jamey Haddad, Dom Um Romao, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Andy…

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Contemporary Conga Playing 

"For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim.  I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self.  The journey doesn't end." 
Michelle Obama 

Back in the 1970s, when I first took up the study of conga playing in the States, the route to proficiency was: (1) learn the five main notes that you could produce from a conga (bass, open tone, slap, muff, and rim) and, (2) build up your rhythm repertoire.  Conga players then…

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