Latin Origin Essay

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Ra Shawn Averitte February 4 2013 P.E. 179 Zumba During the 1920-50s there was a Cuban music craze around the world including in the US, especially in New York where there were many Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants. Cuban music such as son (pronounced "sown"), guaracha, mambo, bolero and chachacha were very popular. Each of these music styles had (and still has) its own dance In New York musicians began mixing the music with jazz and it was called "Latin jazz" for many, many years. Or in many cases the musicians would put the name of the ryhthm of each inidvidual song on the record. For example you might find a record that had son, guaracha, son-guaguancó, mambo and bolero. Then in the 1970s people began refering to the music as "salsa". It was a new, catchy name that was good for marketing. Many musicians didn't like the name and insisted that the music they were doing was son and that "salsa is something you eat", but the name worked well with the audiences and eventually everyone accepted it. However the term did not really take off until the 1960’s. One of the early salsa albums was Cal Tjader Quintet plus 5 ‘s Cal Tjader Soul Sauce in which the cover donned a fork on a plate of red beans and chili alongside an open bottle of tobacco sauce. Many Mexicans in San Francisco began using the term salso to describe Tjaders brand of music. Tjader’s music was spread to other cities including Los Angeles and the East Coast. This was the start of Latin music being aired different formats on radio stations across the country. The metamorphosis of salsa to what is heard and danced in clubs today has been a long, slow, and varied process. The dance has evolved over time through an elaborate syncretism of different sounds, cultures, and meanings. The diversity and complexity of the music is what keeps its listeners enticed, as well as delightfully surprised, and its

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