con·​ga | \ˈkäŋ-gə \

Definition of conga 

1 : a Cuban dance of African origin involving three steps followed by a kick and performed by a group usually in single file

2 : a tall barrel-shaped or tapering drum of Afro-Cuban origin that is played with the hands

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Other orchestra members are conga player and percussionist Willie Vazquez, drum and timbales player Rob Castaneda, bassist Art Lopez and keyboardist Jimmy Hernandez. Bob Kostanczuk, Post-Tribune, "Latin Satin Soul performs at free Whiting concert series," 12 July 2018 Russell neighborhood’s Sheppard Park just got a $600,000 makeover complete with a sprayground, new restrooms, benches and toy conga drums. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "OMG. It's hot outside. So here are 5 new places to beat the heat.," 3 July 2018 The queen of conga has joined brothers Ozzie and Will Areu as a partner and executive team member of their Atlanta studio called Areu Bros, according to Variety. Johnny Diaz,, "Gloria Estefan joins Areu brothers in production studio in Atlanta," 29 June 2018 The conga drumming is both intense and introspective. Tiffany Martinbrough, New York Times, "Going With the Flow (and the Drumbeat, Too)," 29 Mar. 2018 And the periodic appearance of a very young conga practitioner (Jordan Vergara on opening night) provides a fun jolt. Tim Smith,, "At the Hippodrome, a propulsive journey through the career of Gloria Estefan in 'On Your Feet'," 7 June 2018 Like the one Orioles starter Dylan Bundy suffered Tuesday night. Bundy’s start against the Kansas City Royals was not only bad enough to get the conga-line GIF treatment, but also an offer of help from the Looney Tunes Twitter account itself. Jonas Shaffer,, "How bad was Dylan Bundy's start? Even Looney Tunes offered the Orioles help," 8 May 2018 Members of the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association will present the colors, and the Sam Houston High School Drumline will lead guests to a reception in conga-style lines. Elaine Ayala, San Antonio Express-News, "St. Philip’s will mark the Tricentennial with a celebration on the East Side," 2 May 2018 The title track from Washington's forthcoming album runs nearly 10 minutes and opens with brass and a deep conga and shaker rhythm. Randall Roberts,, "California Sounds: Listen to new tracks from L.A.-area artists playing Coachella," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of conga

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conga

American Spanish, probably from feminine of congo black person, from Congo, region in Africa

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English Language Learners Definition of conga

: a dance in which people follow each other in a long, curving line

: a tall drum that is shaped like a barrel and played with the hands

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