Conga Foundations for West African Drum Circles
Every SECOND Sunday of the Month!
This workshop is instructed by Sean Richards. Often congas are thought of as strictly Latin percussion. The History of the conga is much deeper and takes us back to the heart of Africa: The Congo! Learn the difference between Afro-Cuban and Congolese styles on the conga including hand technique, strength training drills and ergonomics. We will present rhythms for conga that work well in a West African-style drum circle setting. Bring your conga(s) or cow-hide djembe, although any hand drum will do. Several congas will be provided for class use so sign-up now and come early!
Sean Richards has had a passion for drumming for many years. Also known as CongaSean, he has proven himself to be a strong influence in the Central Florida drum community. Sean’s talent for the drum was apparent at a young age. He would bang on pots and pans, annoying his parents to no end. Receiving a starter drum kit at 4 forever cemented his love for drums. He studied for several years with Martin “Wolf” Murphy of The Jammin Drum School and with Thobos Lubamba of Tam Tam Congo and taken countless workshops with African masters including Dr. Djo Bi and Segenon Kone.
A multi-skin drummer that spans many cultures, he plays such instruments as conga, djembe, djun-djun, doumbek, shakers, clave, cowbell and woodblocks. CongaSean has a unique playing style and approach to rhythm that is all his own. You will often find him performing with an original rock band, recording a new album, teaching group drum workshops and one-on-one classes, making drum stands or re-heading, repairing and rebuilding drums. He has participated, organized and facilitated countless drum circles including large festival fire circles for more than 20 years.
*Classes are subject to change. Please refer to our online calendar or Facebook Events page for the most current schedule.
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