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Histories of Drums & Percussion

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Brief History of Bongo Drums - Article discusses origin & cultural history of the bongos.

Bongo History - Article confirms origins of bongo drum & give more history; provides several excellent insights into the deep roots of bongo drumming in remote parts Cuba.

Conga History - Essay covers their origin of the conga drum, conga sizes, development of playing styles using different head sizes & more 

Cajon History - Brief history of the cajon.

Cajon & Afro Peruvian Percussion - History & Rhythms

Cajons: Two Historical Types of Cajons: Peruvian Cajon & Cuban Cajon

Darbuka History - Article about the various names of the Darbuka, including Doumbek, Dobouk & Goblet Drum.

Djembe Drum History - History of Djembe & playing styles

Drum Circle History - Brief History of Drum Circles

Gong History - History and background of gongs and gong making

Maraca History - Brief article about construction, history & music styles & genres which use Maracas

Steel Pan History "A Brief History About Steel Drum Instruments"

Steel Pans, also called Steel Drums and the Steel Piano, is an example of the powerful influence circumstance and technology can have on a  people and their music.  In short, this article illustrates many social and technological influences upon a very cool instrument and very unique people. 

Modern technology plays a critical role in the steel pan's history yet, in its creation, Providence is not too far away either.  This article does a masterful job of explaining the pan's Caribbean origin; the historical and cultural circumstances that directly leads to the discovery and popularity of the steel pan.  In addition, this article discusses how steel drums are made.  

The steel pan is a unique instrument in many ways and there is nothing exactly like it in the history of the world.  Steel Pan History



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