Four great drummers from Cuba are:
the great Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito),
Raul Pineda (with Sintesis),
Jose Sanchez (with Rojitas y su grupo),
and Jimmy Branly (with NG la Banda)
They are truly awe-inspiring not so much for their technique, which is
magnificent, but for their feel.
I offer to you three ideas. The first is from
Raul Pineda. Raul is a very fluid, commanding presence behind the drum set.
One of his specialties is Afro-Cuban folkloric drumming and his applications
of these roots rhythms to the drum set.
Example number one is an application of the Abakua rhythm. Raul
played this with left foot playing cowbell. The right hand is playing bell
or cymbal and the medium tom. Left hand plays the second note of each
triplet, alternatingly playing cross-stick and high tom.