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The Salsa

As its name suggests, the Salsa is a mixture, a "sauce" of several musical styles from different parts of Latin America like Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, ... but the foundations of the genre have undoubtedly been raised in Cuba.

The name was coined in New York in the 60s, to designate the Afro-Cuban music, mixing African rhythms and European melodies, played at that time. Since the 16th century, slaves from Nigeria, Congo, Angola, Dahomey, Sudan, have maintained their tradition of percussion which, after some centuries of maturation gave rhythms such as Rumba, Son, Danzon, …

Salsa Fanfare

African slaves, unable to take their instruments with them, have recreated them with the materials at hand and have changed them. Although the settlers have banned the use of some of them, the 1791 revolution in Haiti led to reimport some. To these are added the strings, woodwinds and brass mainly used in European military bands. européennes.


The European music that has most influenced the Salsa is of course the Spanish music, which itself was a mixture of different cultures: Arab, Gypsy, Jewish, Flemish, ...