and listen as top Dutch percussionist
and great friend of mine, Jeroen De Rijk,
discribes what he does if he has no congas
at a gig.
"Dandy" Rodriguez and Jose Madera
have been working with the Tito Puente
Orchestra for quite a number of years.
This work has taken them to all corners
of the globe and in these travels they
have encountered many funny situations.
Here are a few of these stories, heard
nowhere else but at congahead.com.
My dear friend Eddie Montalvo is not just
a great conga drummer, but a funny guy.
Listen to him talk about his trip to the
White House where he got to meet Bill
and Hillary Clinton.
on Tito Puente at the White House
on Ralphie Irizarry at the White House
to Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera tell
a funny story about joy riding a Cadillac
car to a gig in Florida while working with
the great, Mongo Santamaria.
to Ron Powell tell
a funny story about being in the Red
Light district of Paris.
Bonilla has been managing Salsa bands for
the last 38 years and he
told me a funny story about traveling
to Mexico with Patato, who was accompanying
Cachao. The striking contrast of working
with the Japanese Salsa bands makes this
story especially funny.
of a memorable experience working with
Nelson Gonzalez's band and how she turned
to the bullet proof reinforced LP® congas
when the bullets started flying.
to Ralph MacDonald talk about Bill Cosby
and James Brown, the only two dates he
ever walked off of.
on Cosby and Brown - RealAudio
a funny story of working with Miles
to funnyman, Ray Vega spoofs on Carlos
'Patato' Valdez, Mongo
Santamaria and Johnny
Mr. Jiggs was one of my most popular models
that I photographed to promote my product
line. He would play the congas and
hit the timbales harder than any musician
I have ever encountered. Check
out a story on Mr. Jiggs and a collection
of photos in an exclusive congahead.com
photo gallery. There is also a new
Mr. Jiggs Tribute Gallery
available in the Classic Shots Section
to Marty Sheller tell the story of
the hit tune Watermelon Man, performed by
the Mongo Santamaria band, who Marty was
the musical director for.
Listen to Johnny Pacheco tell how he can
mistaken for a Cuban cigar.