Talk:Bongo drum

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Description of the instrument, specifically dimensions.

other names[edit]

what are some other names for the bongo drums beside tbila? Move to bongo drum?

  • Agree. Article was cut from bongo drum and pasted to bongos. Needs to be history-merged back there.   –radiojon 02:21, 2005 Jun 15 (UTC)

This article has been renamed as the result of a move request. violet/riga (t) 19:06, 21 Jun 2005 (UTC)

cleanup needed[edit]

UGH! This article is completely confusing. It goes from talking about their origin in Cuba, and then abruptly shifts to it talking about Africa and the Middle East... makes no sense! ß 17:55, 27 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Versions in other languages say they are og African origin. The French version has material not covered here. Get-back-world-respect 01:40, 13 January 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Wasn't this a fad during the late 1950s and early 1960s? I seem to recall it was but I can't find any references on the Internet about it. -Rolypolyman 22:13, 12 May 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Genres of music where the bongos are found[edit]

I've removed this section completely. No other instrument page seems to have it, and it was becoming rather unencyclopedic. Jellocube27 10:15, 6 June 2007 (UTC) Duh you got owned O.W.N.E.D. ownedReply[reply]

this article need to tell us some thing about those meatle poles attached to the outer rim of the head it tells you NOTHING about it. i hve no idea what they are or what they do. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:26, 15 August 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why is this classified as non tuned instrument?[edit]

Bongos can be tuned! St777n (talk) 18:27, 13 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Quite right, as can a snare drum, a bass drum, or timbales. This is the main reason the traditional terms tuned percussion and untuned percussion are avoided these days... it gets really confusing when so many so-called untuned percussion instruments have tuning keys and tuning lugs so they can be tuned by the player!
Bongos are another excellent case in point. They are unpitched percussion, see that article for why this is so. Andrewa (talk) 13:53, 28 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Connected by a bridge?[edit]

The main page of this article needs an extra paragraph on the bridge connecting the left drum to the right drum. Doesn't the nature of the bridge have an effect on the sound? Are some bridges made of metal while other bridges are made of wood?

Am I using the right term for the thing that connects one drum to the other? It's called a bridge, isn't it? (talk) 04:29, 13 July 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tuning lamp?[edit]

The picture caption reads Sexteto Habanero in 1925. First from the left is Agustín Gutiérrez, the bongosero. His tuning lamp is on the floor (circled). There is no explanation of what a "tuning lamp" is and I can't find one anywhere else. Can anyone shine a light on this? Tigerboy1966  07:50, 28 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Hi, before the advent of tunable bongos and congas in the 1940s, oil or kerosene lamps were used to heat up the drum heads so the membranes could expand to achieve the desired sound. Here is an explanation by Ned Sublette, and here is Armando Peraza explaining it as well. Nowadays this is done mechanically with a wrench. Neodop (talk) 19:22, 28 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Persistent vandalism[edit]

Since 9 September, User:Ficzere21 has been consitently deleting chunks of the article, removing sources, altering sourced statements so they disagree with sources, adding non-encyclopedic opinions, breaking the flow of the lead, adding numerous unsourced statements and even copy-pasting a paragraph straight from Britannica. I am opening a discussion here so he can specify what exactly is going on and whether he intends to persist in his disruption. Pinging @Binksternet:, in case he has something to add. Neodop (talk) 23:00, 27 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There are several problems here. One is that Ficzere21 is not familiar with Wikipedia layout and style. Another is that Ficzere21 is edit warring pretty severely, resulting in page protection to stop the disruption. The main problem I see is the enthusiastic violation of WP:No original research, for instance the addition of unreferenced personal viewpoints such as "so it's good to initiate drum lessons for kids and enrich their musical talents." Ficzere21 apparently refuses to accept that Wikipedia is supposed to be a summary of WP:SECONDARY sources, and adds personal observations at whim. Binksternet (talk) 00:36, 28 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I only want more info to this article nothing else. Ficzere21 (talk) 01:33, 28 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Doesn't look like it. What you really are doing is a form of disruptive editing and citation removal.--MollyPollyRolly (talk) 01:27, 30 September 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]