What I recommend for singing and rhythmic variation is take classes.
Also, it is very important to play with other people for this kind of music.
I want to start with a rhythm called Bricamo (Brikamo).
This rhythm is a sister rhythm of Abakua (Abakuwa).
Abakua is for male society, but Bricamo is for female society.
Rhythm and instrumentation are similar to Abakua, but Bell pattern is a little tricky.
|Ekon (Bell) 6/8||X||X||.||X||X||X||.||X||X||X||.||X|
|Erikundi (Cata) 6/8||R||X||.||.||X||.||.||X||.||.||X||.||.|
|Kuchi Yerema 6/8||B||.||O||O||.||.||B||.||O||O||.||.|
The third drum (Bonko Enchemiya) improvise.
-Number 1 and 2 are basic pulse. When you practice, tap you feet 1 and 2 as a guideline even though Cubans might not count like this.
-X for bell is just simply hit the bell with stick.
-. is rest (no sound).
- R and L. R means play with right hand. L is left hand.
-B is bass.
-O is open tone.
-M is Muff.
Please check my Youtube demonstration.