Salsa Dance: Origin, History & Evolution


Salsa Dance: Origin, History & Evolution

Salsa Dance: Origin, History & Evolution
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Salsa is a  melodic style dance with the profound Caribbean and African roots. It is extremely famous in all Latin America, and among Latino people group around the world. In recent years the Salsa is gaining huge popularity among the people of Asia and Europe.

The salsa is widely popular for being appealing, exotic, and simple to learn, yet extremely hard to ace. There are academies present throughout the world dedicated to teaching the dance. There are even overall rivalries devoted to salsa, such as the World Salsa Championship and the World Salsa Open.


The origin of the salsa can be traced back to the 16th century in Cuba, where the Spanish music brought by the Spanish vanquishers and the music brought by the African slaves blended offering ascend to an extraordinary assortment of musical rhythms.

 Among these Afro-Cuban rhythms emerge the Cuban son, the chachachá, the mambo, the son montuno, the guaracha, the guaguancó, and the charanga. However, it is Son Cubano that comprises the musical premise of what is presently known as salsa. 

After the Second World War, there was an extraordinary displacement of Latin Americans from various countries looking for a superior lifestyle, which settled in New York in a peripheral region of New York’s Upper Manhattan known as “the area”. 

It was in this condition toward the finish of 1960 the personality of a new Latin age started to take shape and locate its social voice through the musical current we presently know as Salsa. 

In 1967, the Italian-American specialist Jerry Masucci and the Dominican flute player Johnny Pacheco, together with the mark made as Fania Records, offered to ascend to “Fania All-Stars“. 

The possibility of Pacheco was to accumulate every one of the stars in Fania, a salsa music record viewed as the greatest and best ever of all time.

 Pacheco accomplished what he needed so much, he assembled the voices of the best agents of Latin music existing apart from everything else. 

Among them were Johnny Pacheco, Cheo Feliciano, Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, Ricardo Ray, Bobby Cruz, Bobby Valentín, Ray Barreto, Mongo Santamaría, Justo Betancourt, Ismael Miranda, Rubén Blades, Pete Rodríguez, Roberto Roena, Nicky Marrero, Larry Harlow, Richie Ray, Héctor Zarzuela, Yomo Toro and visitor craftsmen, such as, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Eddie Palmieri. 

La Fania denoted the history of salsa in the historical backdrop of salsa with its shows on five landmasses, which revealed this musical kind with the best craftsmen existing apart from everything else. 

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Towards the 70s, Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Masucci made conceivable the advertising and promoting of salsa. 

This led to Latin music being exported, not only to the European market such as France, England, Spain and Italy, but also to Africa, Japan, Germany, and the Scandinavian countries.

In August of 1971, a meeting of the considerable number of stars of the seal occurred in the Cheetah club of New York, the property of Ralph Mercado, chief of the organization. 

With the help of that all-important meeting arose various albums and a motion picture. Our Latin Thing (“Our Latin thing”), which triumphed all through the Latin American region. 

After five years, Fania concentrated in the widespread to the English speaking market. So it signed a distribution contract with the CBS Corporation, attempting to enter into the English-speaking market. 

During the 80s and  90s, new instruments, new strategies and musical structures (like songs from Brazil) were adapted to the salsa and new styles like the romantic salsa started to gain popularity in New York. 

This new appearance of salsa was soon accommodated by Puerto Rican craftsmen, such as Frankie Ruiz, Marc Anthony, Eddie Santiago and Cubans like Dan Den. 

The Salsa turned into a vital piece of music in countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama and also in the far-off countries like Japan and other distant countries. 

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In the early1930s, the Cuban musician Ignacio Piñeiro used out of the blue a related word in a Cuban son called “Échale Salsita”, and in the middle of 1940, the Cuban Cheo Marquetti emigrated to Mexico.

 Back in Cuba, affected by the Spicy sauce at suppers, utilized that name by placing a group named Conjunto Los Salseros.

 In 1957 he went to the city of Caracas (Venezuela) to give a few shows and it was there where “Salsa” started to do the rounds on all the radio. 

With the entry of the 21st century, salsa became one amongst the most important forms of famous music on the planet. 

In modern times, there are a few artists and dance group of salsa, few of them being the following: 

Grupo Niche (Colombia), 
Sonora Matancera (Cuba), 
Rubén Blades (Panama), 
Andy Montañéz (Puerto Rico),
 Gilberto Santa Rosa (Puerto Rico), 
Maelo Ruiz, Joe Arroyo (Colombia),
 Alfredito Linares (Peru),
 Luis Enrique (Nicaragua) and Los Van Van (Cuba) among others.


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