Michael Spiro

'Mabagwe: A Tribute to the Mayores' - nominated for a 2019 Cubadisco (Cuban Grammy Awards)!

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Subscribe to Michael Spiro's online lessons for access to hundreds of invaluable instructional videos on Afro-Cuban percussion and Brazilian percussion.



Co-founded with Bay Area Cuban drummer Jesus Diaz, CongaMasterClass.com is the internet's most thorough database of instructional videos on Cuban percussion. The lessons include a broad spectrum of musical styles and instruments, including rumba, bata, and salsa.


SambaMasterClass.com, the sister site to CongaMasterClass, was founded by Michael and his Brazilian percussion teacher, master drummer and Rio de Janeiro native Jorge Alabe. Their unique website provides videos covering many Brazilian musical styles such as samba, pagode, and Candomble.