Songo is an Afro-Cuban style which fuses traditional styles such as Rumba with Rock and Funk. It was conceived in the late 60’s by Blas Egües and later developed by Jose Luis Quintana (“Changuito”) in the group Los Van Van. Other group utilizing songo were Cuban groups Irakere, Ritmo Oriental, and Batacumbele (from Puerto Rico). Songo is a unique style, in that it was the first Latin rhythm that was conceived on the drum set. The next few lessons will explain the basic groove of Songo, orchestrations and variations.