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Conga drums
A pair of conga drums

There can be any number of conga drums in a salsa band, but most commonly there are two of them, played by one conga drummer. One drum has a higher pitch, and the other a lower pitch. In the typical conga rhythm pattern, the higher pitched drum is played with a sharp "slap" sound on beats 2 and 6. (The slap sounds almost like a Clave strike.) Beats 1 and 5 are implied, rather than played.

Congas playing the traditional Tumbao pattern

Drum size

The conga drums come in various sizes:

Music examples

1. "Un monton de estrellas" by Polo Montanez