n. One of a pair of small drums, played with the hand.
n. a small drum; played with the hands [syn: bongo]
Bongos (Spanish: bongó) are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open bottomed drums of different sizes. In Spanish the larger drum is called the hembra ( female) and the smaller the macho ( male). Together with the conga or tumbadora, and to a lesser extent the batá drum, bongos are the most widespread Cuban hand drums, being commonly played in genres such as Cuban son, salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz.
Usage examples of "bongo drum".
He picked up the instrument, tiptoed to the settee, sat down on the floor, looked at the relaxed and helpless head of his superior, and hit the right bongo drum with a strong movement of his flat hand while the other veered quickly on the left drum.
Selena started singing as she pounded the floor like a bongo drum.
So he decided he'd sit around on the other side of the U-shaped bar with his back to the wall, where there were paintings of naked African ladies and a buck straddling a bongo drum, beating the shit out of it.