Category: Music

What Is Salsa Music?

Everybody considers that music is the universal language. For one, each country has its own distinct taste for music. Their music is so diverse that each has its own unique style and characteristics that clearly separate them from other genres. What makes music interesting to listen to is the fact that each genre represents an extravagant and rich culture from where they were rooted. Marc Anthony and Gloria Estefan: what do these singers have in common? Salsa. Yes, both artists are known to their signature music which is salsa. Everybody knows salsa, yet not most of these people know the history behind salsa music. It has been said the most people consider salsa as “extravagant, clave-driven, Afro-Cuban derived songs anchored by piano, horns, and rhythm section sung by a velvety voiced crooner in sharkskin suit.:” No wonder many are driven crazy once salsa is played in parties and social events. The music adds life and gives no one dull moments. How did salsa develop into something grand? This style came from the influence of Cuban son, which is a blend of African and European music influence. In Spanish, the word itself, salsa, refers to sauce, a liquid substance that adds extra flavor to the food. Just like the idea of sauce, salsa music puts more live and more spice in things making one move their body to the music....

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Basic Salsa Dance Steps

Mastering the basic step will be the first key step to developing proper technique and timing in salsa. Your spins and partner-work techniques will be executed in sync with the rhythm of the music once you have mastered your basic. Think of the basic step as the drummer in a band. It keeps you and your partner on time. I encourage you to practice these steps at home but it goes with out saying that online instruction is no substitute for real time studio instruction. There are many finer elements of the basic step such as the Cuban hip...

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Bongos And Congas – Drums With A Difference

  If you are interested in beats, then you are sure to be interested in other instruments besides the usual drums that can give you the right beats. Well then let us discuss bongos and congas from the family of drums. Bongo is a small version of drums. Actually it is a compilation of two open-ended drums. These two drums are joined with each other. Drum heads are normally made of animal skins, but plastic made drum heads are also available. The body is made of metal, wood and sometimes with ceramic also. Both the bongos are of different...

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10 Reasons To Dance Salsa

  By now, the Salsa craze seems to have hit every city, with clubs and dance studios popping everywhere. Popular television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars have sparked interest in an entirely new audience that, otherwise, would never have taken any kind of partner dance class. It just proves that we all have a dancer within waiting to come out. “What if I have absolutely zero dance experience?” you may be asking. Then Salsa is perfect for you. People of all ages and backgrounds, male and female, are taking classes to learn to dance Salsa. And mastering Salsa dance steps is not as difficult as you may think. The important thing to remember when dancing Salsa is that it’s not just steps, it is a feeling. The word “Salsa,” the Spanish word for sauce, was originally used to convey the hot and spicy “feelings” behind the movements. Nowadays, the word “Salsa” is recognized and widely accepted as the actual form of dance. People learn to dance for many different reasons. Some take dance classes with serious intentions of mastering the art form. Others take dance classes to stay in shape and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Still others may join a class for fun or as a way to connect with others. Whatever your reason for learning to dance, you will...

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Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bouquet Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids...

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