I was wondering how to go about practicing different rhythms like latin or african or even odd time meter ones. I think just listening to that kind of music (suggestions are more than welcome) and kinda feel the groove and then try to interpret it on a guitar or with clapping is a good way to start but I want to learn more about them theory wise. Do you guys have some exercises or some good books with examples to recommend?
There are some web sites with various rhythms used in Afro-Cuban-Jazz and the like. You might just read the rhythm patterns and clap them. I've found it useful. (I also got a couple of nice claves in a garage sale for about $1.00 to tap out the rhythms.) A singer or someone not actively playing at the moment in a Cuban piece should at least be able to strike the claves correctly.
You should be able to clap out a son clave, rumba clave, martillo, and cascara pattern. Both of these in either 3-2 or 2-3 clave.
http://www.formedia.ca/rhythms/index.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clave_(rhythm) https://www.midwestclinic.org/user_files_1/pdfs/clinicianmaterials/2005/victor_lopez.pdf http://www.dicciani.com/materials/afro_cuban_intro_and_basics.pdf http://conorguilfoyle.com/files/CUBAN-DRUMSET.pdf