Partly for my blog and partly for the search engines I am going to list some of the instruments used in a rumba ensemble.
Congas / Conga / Tumbadora / Tumbadoras (go by many names, here are a few): Requinto, Quinto, Conga, Tumba, Tumbadora Salidor, Tres Dos, Tres Golpes. These are the conga drums, sometimes named for their size, their role, or the part they play in the rhythm.
Bata drums: these are being used in modern rumba (batarumba) they are the Iya, Itotole and the Okonkolo
Cajon / Cajons: wooden boxes of different shapes and sizes.
Bell / Bells: Campana, Cencerro (Spanish terms) and the Guataca which is a hoe blade.
Clave / Claves.
Guagua, Gua-gua, Cata, Pallitos: a peice of bamboo with a slit or holes played with sticks, sometimes a box played with spoons.
Shakers: usually a Shekere which is a gourd with beads on it, also sometimes Maracas or Marugas. Sometimes Nkembi are used, they are little shakers strapped to the wrists, usually of a drum player.
So I've made a few of these instruments and am looking forward to making more.
I'll be posting pictures as I go along, this is mainly the "rough beginnings" to my blog.