LP "Patato" Tumbadora Conga Drum

LP "Patato" Tumbadora Conga Drum

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Description (Brief)

This drum was made by Latin Percussion Inc. in Garfield, New Jersey, in 1999. It is a Patato Model drum, 12” diameter Tumbadora Conga, made of fiberglass, with chrome fittings. This drum is from a matched set of three congas Quinto (2000.3030.13.01), Conga (2000.3030.13.02), and Tumbadora (2000.3030.13.03).

As indicated in an LP brochure from the period, “Played by professional congueros the world over, these fiberglass drums were developed in 1978 after a recording session with the legendary "Patato" at the studio in Martin Cohen's home. Patato's own design required tall drums with a wide belly and small bottom. Standing 30" tall, these drums project deep basstones and great volume without sacrificing crisp, high sounds.”

Carlos Valdés Galán (1926–2007), better known as “Patato,” was a Cuban conga player. In 1954, he emigrated to New York City where he continued his career as a musician for several jazz and Latin music ensembles, and sometimes as a bandleader.

Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Latin Percussion
place made
United States: New Jersey, Garfield
Physical Description
animal skin (overall material)
fiberglass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 29 3/8 in x 16 in x 14 1/2 in; 74.6125 cm x 40.64 cm x 36.83 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Transfer from Smithsonian Institution Center for Latino Initiatives (through: Dr.Refugio l. Rochin,Director)
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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