Dance Instructors: Laureano Ralon and Scott Hannah
The concept of salsa has been disputed for decades among musicians and aficionados. Some say that what’s called salsa is really Cuban son or mambo and they tend to use the words "salsa" and "mambo" interchangeably (salsa legend Celia Cruz once pointed out that "salsa is Cuban music with a different name").
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Yet others claim that the term salsa originated as a musical marketing tag or commercial term intended for the sale and distribution of a highly complex and often confusing musical configuration. Tito Puente once said, "Salsa is all hype." While all of these explanations have elements of truth, they are nevertheless incomplete without each other.
"No Es El Momento" por Patricia Gamero
Those who believe that salsa music is in fact Cuban music with a different name are quite right to the extent that the Cuban son and mambo are two of the antecedents of salsa. Although salsa music today is not exclusively Cuban, we should not forget to credit the Cubans for inventing the fundamental "beats" upon which the mixtures of Afro-Caribbean and jazz rhythms were laid.
That said, it is erroneous to use the terms "salsa" and "mambo" interchangeably, which overlooks the valuable contributions made to "salsa pot" by other Latin American countries such as Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia. The reality is that today’s salsa music is very different from the more folkloric, 1940s and ‘50s type of Cuban mambo featured in the film Buena Vista Social Club. * * * * *
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