How to play Bembe on Congas (series), Part 2

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Bembe is an Afro-Cuban rhythm of Yoruba ethnic origin. It is traditionally played to accompany ceremonies for the Oricha (Orishas, Orixa) the Yoruba pantheon of gods and goddesses, but has also become a go-to conga rhythm for Latin jazz and many other music styles.
Bembe is not played on the bata drums typical of Yoruba music, but instead on congas. It's a versatile and melodic rhythm in 12/8 time that can accompany a wide range of Oricha songs.
The simplicity and musicality of Bembe parts makes them easy to incorporate into latin jazz, afro-pop, and other styles.

How to Play Bembe, pt. 2: Combining the Individual Drum Parts on 2, 3, or 4 Congas

Learn this beautiful and melodic Afro-Cuban rhythm and expand your polyrhythmic vocabulary!
In this video you'll learn how to combine the 4 individual Bembe parts on multiple congas. Various combinations of the parts are taught for 2, 3, and 4 conga drums.

Skill level: beginning / intermediate

4 individual drum parts taught in various combinations
Step-by-step instruction with detailed breakdowns of each pattern
Over-the-shoulder and front view camera angles
Basic on-screen transcriptions using H, T, O, S (heel, tip, tone, slap)
Solo demo with improvisation

Recommended lessons to prepare for Bembe pt. 2:
Bembe pt. 1
Hand Drum Technique
Heel & Tip Technique

This video is instructed by Noah Mosgofian.
Noah Mosgofian's career includes 6 years with the international percussion sensation STOMP, tours with Lost at Last, Del Castillo, Atash, and scores of other award-winning bands and drum/dance companies playing samba, salsa, afro-beat, funk, and more. He has taught thousands of students in the US and abroad. Noah’s teachers include the top names in many disciplines: Mamady Keita, “Changuito” Quintana, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, C.K. Ladzekpo, and Fara Tolno. Visit his website at


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