Bongos is an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument, commonly used in Afro-Jazz, Salsa genres and in film music. It consists of a pair of cylindrical drums 6 inches and 8 inches in diameter with a single calf-skin head. The body of the instrument is usually made of wood, although fiber is also used for the same. The smaller drum is played as the lead and the larger drum is played for the lower notes. The drums are open at the bottom and are covered with skin on top. The skin is fastened to the drum with a metal rim, held down by a set of clamps and bolts. The pitch of the instrument can be tuned by adjusting the clamps.
Bongos are held between two legs while seated on a chair and is played with two hands. The instrument had found its place in some of the most popular film songs in India during the ’70s and ’80s.