Congas are drums from Cuba that are shaped like classic drums; the different types are called the quinto, conga and tumbadora, which are high-pitched, medium-pitched, and low-pitched, respectively.
These are generally played in sets and are hand-built in the shape of a barrel, with hardwood cut into strips and locked in place with three steel rings. The rings help to differentiate the cutting angles and provide a larger mouth for the sound to come out of, as well as a wider middle. Ox leather is stretched over the top of the instrument and fastened in place by bolts and machine heads. Congas are played with the wrist joint of the hand, and are held between the thighs or placed on supports. They offer characteristic bright sounds for Afro-Cuban music, mainly in salsa orchestras.
They are considered a symbolic instrument in terms of percussion, and may be one of the most popular instruments in the world today. They are present in Afro-Latino rhythms such as guaganco, merengue and salsa, and are also used in Brazilian pop music, and international pop and rock music.