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Posted Friday, December 14, 2007
Salsa was coined by Izzy Sanabria, Jerry Masucci and Johnny Pacheco in the early 1970s, although the Afro-Cuban origins of this music go back to the 40s in New York. It is a broad term for many Latin dance styles that continue to be popular, despite some decline in the 80s and 90s. They include the Cuban son/guaracha/mambo, Latin jazz, bolero, meringue, rumba and the cha-cha-cha.
This is a broad compilation, over an hour, of new and older salsa recordings that covers a variety of styles and cosmopolitan origins like Africa, Cuba, Nicaragua, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the UK and the USA. We hear the likes of the legendary Wayne Gorbea, Los Angeles-based Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loka, Colombian band Sonora Carruseles, Kekele from the Congo, contemporary mambo/cha exponent Angel Melendez, Alex Wilson, Cuban Yumuri Y Sus Hermanos and others, 13 in all.
The action never lets up here and the nightclub atmosphere is very enticing.
RGNET1184CD (thru MRA)