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Type of Music
Where is salsa played, listened, and danced to? Salsa dance socials are held at night clubs, bars, ballrooms, restaurants, and outdoor festivals. Many different salsa festivals are held internationally. It is the music primarily played at Latin dance clubs.
Who is Associated with Salsa?
The History of Salsa
Where did Salsa Originate?
Characteristics of Salsa
Most Salsa music follows the son montuno model of a verse section followed by a call and response section in the chorus known as the montuno. The tempo may gradually increase during the montuno in order to build excitement. The montuno section can be divided into various sub-sections sometimes referred to as mambo, diablo, moña, andespecial. Salsa also features many instrumental breaks and jazzy solos.
Celia Cruz & Willie Colon - Usted Abuso by THELAVOZ
Main Instruments and Vocals
Main instruments used are the bongos, botijuela, claves, conga drums, cowbells, guiros, marimbulas, quijadas, and timbales. The chorus of the song tends to follow a call and response format. This is known as the montuno. tempo may gradually increase during song. Verses tend to be short but can be elongated.
Social and Cultural Events
Famous Salsa Musicians
Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Tito Puente, Ruben Blades, Oscar D’Leon
One of the most popular salsa artists of the 20th century. Renowned as the "Queen of Salsa". Earned three golden albums.
Nuyorican salsa musician who began his career as a trombone player.
A latin jazz and salsa musician and composer who has been credited as "The Musical Pope". Had an over 50 year long career
Connection to Dance
Characteristics of Salsa Dance
Salsa is danced by stepping on 3 consecutive beats, pausing for a beat then repeating. The dancer shifts weight by stepping causing their hips to move while keeping the upper body level. The lead dancer uses arms to signal the follower of which position to be in.