--Palo

This is unquestionably one of the most difficult of all Afro-Cuban rhythms to play because of the speed it needs to be to accompany the dancers properly----You must learn to play this rhythm very relaxed and without stress, because no matter how fast you’re playing………. the dancers will still want you to play faster!  As such the mula part which is very syncopated will offer a real challenge, as will the caja or lead part. Palo is another sacred style of music, and although the basic tuning and structure of the caja (solo drum) is similar to bembe, you will soon discover that it is in fact very different in its execution-----the licks of the caja in bembe simply will not fit into the ultra fast tempo of Palo. So the caja in this style carries its own unique style and its own way of speaking , that is distinct from bembe.