|Miguel "Anga" Diaz (1961-2006) will be remembered as one of the greatest congueros of all time. Known for his remarkable soloing and multiple conga/percussion inventions, Cuban-born Diaz, represents the link between the past, present, and the future of conga playing. Now you can learn his techniques from this exclusive DVD masterclass.
Through a methodology based in tradition, Anga demonstrates many of his systems and forms he uses to develop dexterous patterns, riffs and solos. Each example is demonstrated in a solo context then in a duet performance. In the Marcha, Guaguanco and soloing sections Anga reveals his incomparable patterns and variations on five congas. Duet performances with virtuoso Cuban pianist Gabriel Hernandez help illustrate Anga's ideas while he breaks down his soloing phrases, playing each slowly and explaining the origin of each riff. In the Mixing Styles section, Anga overdubs three layers of different drumming styles, mixing funk with the Cuban rhythms known as Pilon and Batumbata. He also shows how congas can bring an organic feel to the DJ-based styles such as jungle in duets with DJ GILB-R and an improvised trio segment featuring Anga playing his 'Set Cubano' mixing congas, bells, and drums (with both hands and feet) to create a phenomenal flow of rhythm.