Making Mozambique

By Richie “Gajate” Garcia Published in the March 2006 issue of DRUM!

The Mozambique pattern originated in Cuba and is a lot of fun to play. Let’s start with a basic Mozambique (Ex. 1) called the “New York style.” In Ex. 2, the left hand gets busy by playing a bombo part that comes from the Cuban comparsa. In Ex. 3, the left hand plays a Mozambique bass-drum pattern. To play these rhythms properly, make sure to move from the mouth to the neck of the bell as indicated. Also try playing these exercises on both cha-cha and mambo bells.

Making Mozambique Exercises

Richie “Gajate” Garcia has played with Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, and John Denver, recorded movie soundtracks, taught at Musician’s Institute for more than ten years, and performs clinics worldwide.