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Conga Drum Played by Paul Hawkins

Object Details

Date
20th century
Medium
hide wood metal
Dimensions
25 7/8 × 14 3/4 × 14 15/16 in. (65.8 × 37.5 × 38 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Paul Hawkins
Caption
Percussionist Paul Hawkins played this conga drum for Melvin Deal’s African Dance and Drumming classes at The New Thing Art and Architecture Center. The community-based arts center thrived in Washington, DC’s Adams Morgan Neighborhood between 1966 and 1973. Conga drums are a blend of West and Central African and Cuban drums. Stretched across the head of this tall, wooden drum are two layers of hide. Metal nails secure the top layer to the drum’s side, while hide strings in taut twists anchor the bottom layer to additional metal nails near the drum’s base, spanning the length of the drum. Like Deal, Hawkins was an African American dancer, drummer, and educator from Washington, DC. The bandleader also helped to found Latin jazz, a musical style that fused bebop and Latin rhythms and united people in an era when race, class, and national origin typically segregated the city.
Accession Number
1996.0012.0002
Type
drum
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl8953e075e-f496-40e4-bd42-870da1c09ba2
Record ID
acm_1996.0012.0002
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