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Conga (reprise): Introduction

The basic tumbao moderno is a symmetrical pattern, repeating itself from one bar to the next. It does not indicate clave orientation. At its very core it is a backbeat rhythm stream; its accents alternating between the dryness of the slap stroke and the resonant warmth of the open tones. It implies pulse through absence.

Conga tumbaos can assume asymmetric form when the conguero feels that it would best suit the groove. This can come across as a change in phrasing or the sprinkling of an occasional accent. Congueros also choose to reinforce the clave when they feel that fellow band members and dancers would benefit from an outright statement of orientation; through the voicing of clave in the tumbao.



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