This is actually the most traditional form of the bembes in Cuba, and is found in the province of Matanzas. There are “cabildos” (ethnic and cultural societies) that are centered around consecrated bembe drums and the playing of them to a particular oricha (deity). In this style, there is always at least one bell player, but sometime they add a counterpoint bell as well.  The support drums are always played with sticks, and the lead drum, which is always the lowest is played with one hand and one stick.  In the cabildo that plays the style known as “makawa”, the soloist actually uses two drums, one tuned much below the other. And changes the basic pattern depending on whether the songs being accompanied are for a male or female deity.
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