Johnny Conga

Musician/Teacher/Producer/Rhythm Arranger

I have been a 'pro' for over 50 years. I have performed with the Best in the music industry. Such as: Carlos Santana, Eddie Palmieri,Gloria Estefan, Sergio Mendes, The Jackson 5, Gloria Gaynor, Cerrone(Paris), Angelo Branduardi(Italy), Billy Thorpe (Australia),and many many more. I have produced 5 CD's under my name Johnny Conga I have also been a ONLINE Conga drum instructor for over 13 year, teaching those that come to me from around the world. For those interested in learning from me email at [email protected]







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is my 'life's blood"!..

What is your music dream?

Well believe it or not most of them have come true. I have performed at Carnegie Hall, 17 International world tours to over 50 countries. Recorded and produced 5 CD's under my name Johnny Conga. Worked with Carlos Santana ,Eddie Palmieri, Sergio Mendes, The Jackson 5 and over 180 bands to date of all genres.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

That would take too long to answer...

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

too many ..

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Willie Bobo

What inspires you to make music?

The love I have for music since childhood...

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That it is Happy, strong, inviting, danceable,

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

I have always felt great!

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

Oh that is another long story.

What do you think of Drooble?

Well I have just joined so I'll see too soon to say..

What frustrates you most as a musician?

hahahaha oh man dont get me started hahaha

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

In Miami it's a tough scene.. no stability.. no consistency in hiring from clubs or bars concerning live music

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Humility and Patience

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Jon Lucien, Hubert Laws, Cal Tjader, OCHO, Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Johnny Conga, Johnny Colon, Los Papines,