Add variation to your tumbao by playing the congas “Changuito” style. Instructor Edgardo reflects back on his teacher and mentor José Luis “Changuito” Quintana by playing and demonstrating this funky groove.
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José Luis “Changuito” Quintana is a Cuban percussionist. Quintana was born in 1948 in Casablanca, Cuba. As a child he played professionally in bands such as Havana Jazz, with his musician father, and with La Pandilla de los Cabezas de Perros. At the age of 13, he volunteered for military service and played in army bands, serving for three years, during which he also played in the jazz band Estrellas de Occidente. In 1964 he joined the popular band Los Harmonicos, followed by a year in Sonorama 6, and spells as drummer in Souvinir and La Orchestra de Musica Moderna.
In 1970 he joined Los Van Van. They created the songo, where a combination of percussion instruments (timbales, cowbells, wood blocks, electronic drums and cymbals) and hand techniques are characteristic.
Changuito taught other percussionists like Giovanni Hidalgo, Karl Perazzo (of Santana) and Ginaski Wop (member of Bardamu project)
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