The Clave Chronicles

Conga santiaguera

November 17, 2023
The Clave Chronicles
Conga santiaguera
Show Notes

Ethnomusicologist and event producer Lani Milstein joins Rebecca to talk about Santiago de Cuba's quintessential musical practice: conga, an Afro-Cuban percussion and song genre linked to the city's famed Carnival celebrations. It involves mass participation by people parading along with the mobile percussion ensemble and continues to be a major symbol of santiaguero identity.

Songs played:
Abre, Conga de Los Hoyos
Va a llover, Conga de San Agustín
Añoranza por la conga, Sur Caribe
La mujer del pelotero, Baby Lores, Insurrecto & Clan 537

Desi Arnaz performing "Babalu" - at around 0:50, he starts dancing the side-to-side conga step commonly seen in comparsa parades

Sur Caribe video for "Añoranza por la conga" - you'll see footage of people arollando with the conga

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Intro and outro music: "Bengo Latino," Jimmy Fontanez/Media Right Productions

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