Rock Bongos   

Hey everyone!
I hope you’re having a great September. It has been extremely hot, and very rainy the past few days. If you are trying to stay cool I suggest you try the drink “Salty Watermelon” if you can find it. It is a soda that tastes like a salty watermelon!! It might not sound refreshing, but it really is.
This is my first blog, and I wasn’t really sure what to write about, but then it hit me! I’ll tell you all about the things I love. If we’ve met then you probably already know that I love music. I’ve been a musician my whole life playing the drums and the piano. I’m currently in a band in Sapporo called Triple S.
In the band I play an interesting role. I’m a drummer, but I don’t play the drum-set. I play the bongos! In Japan the bongos are kind of a rare instrument, so I thought I’d tell you about the instrument.
Bongos are a set of two linked drums, one big drum and one small drum. They are an Afro-Cuban instrument and they were first played in the eastern part of Cuba. The small drum is called the “hembra” (“female” in Spanish), and the big drum is called the “macho” (“male” in Spanish). Did you know that the word “macho” came from Spanish?
To play them you hold them between your legs, with the smaller drum on the left, and hit them with your hands. There are many different ways to play the drums, but the most common is to hit the edge so that it makes a nice, loud sound. The bongos are very high-pitched and you can usually hear them over the other instruments. But trying to be heard over an electric guitar can really hurt my hands, so I use a microphone during our live shows.
If you search for videos of bongo players on youtube you’ll be able to see how they sound. Also, you can search for images to see how they look!
Thanks for reading, I hope that was informational. I look forward to seeing you at the cafe soon!

Emilio Buonanni (USA)

by chitchatcafe | 2012-09-26 15:40 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

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