Your first exercise to master the Songo pattern. In this case with eighth notes on the Tumbadora and the Conga. Using Open, Slap and fingers beats. Notice how Giovanni combines hands using combinations from the Rudiments technique for Snare.
Then, the first time I listened to Los Van Van, it was 1979/80, so the guys like my ‘compadre’ Changuito, people like the late Yulo, people like Claro from Ritmo Oriental, for me, those are the two main, main, main patterns for the Songo groove, right? So then, with Claro, he was doing with Ritmo Oriental, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3,…..