I like that idea for rythm. It's simillar to the way I play with my brother inalw's band once in a while on my drum kit.
As always the cowbell is what keeps the tempo together in Salsa Music.
That's when the timbale player and I give each other a break with those really nice long groove songs.
Even though I grew up Rock & Roll.
I'm multi cultured myself.
But this idea is great for all genres of music.