Oh! Salsa Music! Do you Know the history?

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Oh! That instantly recognisable sound. Don’t you feel like moving to the sultry rhythms of Salsa Music everything time you hear it? Do you feel like you are constantly on holiday on a sun-kissed island?….

Sorry folks. I’m getting carried away now.

Anyway some those of you who are passionate about this like myself know what I mean. But have you wondered exactly where this music originates from and how? Well I am about to tell you.

Salsa music is a diverse and a particular type of Caribbean and Latin music that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. Most specifically, however, salsa refers to a particular style developed by the mid-1970s groups of New York City-area Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants to the United States, and stylistic descendants like 1980s salsa romantica.

Oh! Salsa Music! Do you Know the history?

At its root, however, salsa music is a mixture of Spanish and African music, filtered through the music histories of Cuba and Puerto Rico, and adapted by Latin jazz and Latin popular musicians for Latino populations with diverse musical tastes.

Salsa music always has a 4/4 meter, i.e. 4 beats per bar. The music is phrased in groups of two bars, i.e. 8 beats, for example by recurring rhythmic patterns, and the beginning of phrases in the song text and instruments. A rhythmic element that forms the basics in salsa is the clave rhythm, generally played on claves.

In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Cubans in New York, living among many Latinos from Puerto Rico and elsewhere, played their own distinctive styles of Cuban music influenced most importantly by African American music. Their music included son and guarachas, as well as tango, bolero and danza, with prominent influences from jazz [14]. While the New York scene continued evolving, Cuban popular music, especially mambo, became very famous across the United States. This was followed by a series of other types of Cuban music, which especially effected the Latin scene in New York. The result, by the mid-1970s, was what is now known as salsa music.

New Salsa Music types appeared, such as the sweet love songs called salsa romantica, while salsa became a major part of the music scene in Venezuela, Mexico and as far away as Japan.

Salsa’s roots can be traced back to the African ancestors that were brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish as slaves. Salsa’s most direct antecedent is Cuban son, which itself is a combination of African and European influences. Large son bands were very popular in Cuban,beginning in the 1930s.By the end of the 1940s, these bands grew much larger, becoming mambo and charanga orchestras.

Mambo was very jazz-influenced, and it was the mambo big bands that kept alive the large jazz band tradition while the mainstream current of jazz was moving on to the smaller bands of the bebop era [19]. Throughout the 1950s, Latin dance music, such as mambo, rumba and chachachá was mainstream popular music in the United States and Europe. However The 50s also saw a decline in popularity for mambo big bands, followed by the Cuban Revolution of 1959

The growth of modern salsa music, however, is said to have begun in the streets of New York in the late 1960s. By this time, Latin pop was no longer a major force in American music, having lost ground to doo wop, R&B and rock and roll; there were a few youth fads for Latin dances, such as the soul and mambo fusion boogaloo, but Latin music ceased to be such a major part of American popular music.

In the 1970′s Salsa quickly expanded from New York to Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, and other Latin countries. Musicians and singers such as Tito Puente and Celia Cruz became household names, not only in North American Latino homes but all over the Caribbean. Later, groups like El Gran Combo and The Apollo All Stars with Roberto Roena among others, followed suit.

The 1980s was a time of diversification, as popular salsa evolved into sweet and smooth salsa romantica, with lyrics dwelling on love and romance, and its more explicit cousin, salsa erotica. At this time, also expanded to Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Europe and Japan, where (Japan) it was popularised by the famous Orquesta Del Sol.

In the 1990s evolving out of salsa from Cuba, timba drew on songo rhythms and was invented by bands like Los Van Van and NG La Banda. By this time, this form of Cuban-born salsa was known as timba and became popular across the world. Another form of Cuban salsa is songo-salsa, with extremely fast rapping.

Salsa has registered a steady growth and now dominates the airwaves in many countries in Latin America.Also several Latino artists, notably Marc Anthony, and most famously, the Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan, have had success as crossovers, penetrating the Anglo-American pop market with Latin-tinged hits, usually sung in English.