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Johnny Conga

Johnny Conga - 5.0 out of 5 based on 8 votes

Johnny Conga, a Volcano Percussion endorser, has been performing for 50 years, as a “multi-percussionist-specialist”, in the Art of Afro-Cuban/Caribbean drumming and Latin Jazz music.
Creator of A Hand to Drum Productions/Online Learning LLC 2012

Some of the Artists that “JC” have worked with cover the gamut of “styles” in music. Here is a short list: Carlos Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77, Paquito D’Riviera, The Jackson 5, Willie Bobo, Mongo Santamaria, Cerrone(France), Gloria Gaynor, Johnny Pacheco, Dave Valentine and over 100 other major artist’s in the United States and abroad. To date Johnny has been in 152 bands, over 200 recordings and has done 17 International tours, all around the world.

Please visit http://www.facebook.com/JohnnyConga http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnnyconga My latest Award winning Latin Jazz CD OYE!...

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/congajohnny also on Facebook, and his popular How to play the Conga drum(over 580,000 hits) videos on youtube.com http://www.youtube.com/user/JohnnyConga

Grammy Member (Pacific Northwest chapter)-Governor and “Latin-Rep” 2007-2011
Member of BMI as composer/arranger
Member of N.A.R.A.S. (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences)
Member of L.A.R.A.S. (Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences)
Member of Percussive Arts Society
Endorsed by Volcano Percussion

Weekend Radio Host for KBCS 91.3 FM-“AL LADO LATINO/ON THE LATIN SIDE” on every Saturday at
6 pm PST.USA And on-line at www.kbcs.fm
Radio DJ/Host for 30 years attended Columbia Broadcasting School Hollywood CA 1978

Dance Companies: Olatunji Drummers and Dancers-New York City 1965
Chuck Davis Afro-American Dance Co-New York City 1966-68 72
New York City Ballet Co.-1972
Mattie Lascoe Caribbean Splash-Los Angeles-1980
Miami City Ballet Co.-Miami,Fla.-1994-97
“Drummin”-Tania Leon-Miami/Hamburg Germany-1997

Released first CD 1994 called Johnny Conga & Caribe + Roots of Rhythm on Skyward records. Http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/congajohnny
Recognized by State of Florida as “Folklorist”-1997

Former P.A.C. E.(performing arts and cultural education) Artist for Dade County, Florida 1995

Recordings on Columbia-ABC-Polygram-Island-Roxbury-Skyward-Infinity-Cuni and many others.
Producers: George S Clinton- Cheech and Chong- Trevor Lawrence-John Arrias- Pete Moore(The Miracles), John Robinson, Ken Mansfield, Paul Dunlop, Steve and Nat Kipner.(short list).

Former Associate Professor at the University of Miami-Dept of Perc.-1990-92 under the auspices of Professor Fred Wickstrom. Miami Florida.


Studied Djimbe and drum set at Jazzmobile-IS 201-NYCity, with Ritchie “Pablo” Landrum and Charlie Persip. Attended the East 3rd St. Music Settlement in 1972, and the Johnny Colon School of Music NYC. Studied timbales and bongos with Manny Oquendo and Nicky Marrero.
Studied with Ubaldo Nieto(Machito Orchestra drummer) reading for timbales
Attended Los Angeles Community College 1976-78 Liberal Arts program
48 years of performance in America and to over 50 countries around the world.

Since moving here in 2002 I have taught at the following Institutions:

Currently Adjunct faculty at Shoreline Community College as the 'first' Latin Percussion course ever in any Community College in Seattle.

On staff at Cornish College of the Arts as ‘substitute’ since 2005 for the Latin ensemble for Jovino Santos Neto

Bellevue Community College Jazz Orchestra-workshop on Latin rhythms
Puget Sound Community College- Latin percussion workshop for Jazz ensemble with Dr. Chris Stover

Olympia Community College, Olympia WA.-substitute Instructor for percussion class
University of Washington-workshop on Afro-Cuban drumming and music with Teacher Michael Smolker

On staff at “Music Works” Northwest-Bellevue, Seattle-2002-2003

My syllabus includes the Cuban method of learning how to play the Conga drums and the multitude of rhythms and styles of Cuban music, African, Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Brasilian.

What I teach is up to 100 Afro-Cuban/Caribbean rhythms and modern styles ex.Pop,Jazz,etc.

What I teach online…

  • Sound development and hand technique
  • 5 points of the hand-Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner Knuckles/Tip of fingers
  • Hand exercises which also include rudimentary exercises
  • Counting and reading for Conga drum
  • Drum ensemble with more than 3 or more drummers
  • The Clave and concepts in Clave
  • Notation for Conga drumming
  • Odd time playing-5 7 9
  • From one drum to 5 drums
  • CongaRobics™ for advanced players
  • Also included in learning How to play are Timbales and Bongos
  • Cognitive Discovery -A new way of learning how to learn, and program yourself with the drum.

References upon request.

Additional Info

  • Musical Instrument: Percussionist
  • Ensembles Type: Soloist
  • Genre: Afro Cuban, Caribbean, Latin Jazz
  • Available For: Anniversary(celebration of Marriage years), Bars, Birthday Parties, Charity, Christmas, Clubs, Concerts, Corporate Affairs/ Events, Costume Party, Cruise Ships, Dances Parties, Fundraisers, Grand Openings, Hoiliday, New Year’s Eve Party, Private Parties/Events, Street fairs / Festivals, Resturants, Weddings, Advertising, Award Banquets, Commercials, Film, Product Launches, Promotions, Store Promotions, Tradeshows, TV, Videos, Casinos, Casting / Auditions, Theater/Stage, Broadway, Off Broadway, Musicals, Hotels, Lounges, Resorts
  • Language(s): English, Spanish

  • Country: United States
  • City / Region: Seattle, Miami
  • State: WA, FL
  • Zip Code:
  • Will Travel?: Yes


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