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Salsa Around the World
Various Artists
Salsa Around the World
Genres: International Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
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Salsa is a delectable melange of Cuban and Puerto Rican traditions plus brassy American big band arrangements--shaken not stirred. The term translates as "sauce," no doubt referring to what goes into making music spicy eno...  more »


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Salsa Around the World
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Putumayo World Music
Release Date: 6/24/2003
Genres: International Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Latin Music, Latin Pop, Tropical, Salsa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 790248021324

Salsa is a delectable melange of Cuban and Puerto Rican traditions plus brassy American big band arrangements--shaken not stirred. The term translates as "sauce," no doubt referring to what goes into making music spicy enough to tempt the Latin appetite. The style has covered a lot of ground since its inception in New York during the 1970s and now boasts fanatic adherents all over the globe. Some of these, such as Japan's Orquestra de la Luz, have achieved astonishingly literal recreations, but the most interesting permutations add a wicked local twist. For example, Scotland's Salsa Celtica perform in kilts, quote centuries-old Irish tunes, and sometimes explode into bagpipe solos. Italy's Havana Mambo features a baroque harpsichordist gamely pounding out montunos. Curaçao's own Arnell i Su Orkesta obviously admire Africando and other Senegalese salseros, while Shaan, from India, with their Santana-esque guitars and demented keyboards, are a Bollywood-tinged fever dream. -- Christina Roden

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The Origins of SALSA!
Oswald Placeres | Netherlands | 07/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When the first great mass of Cubans fled their Island and entered the U.S just 90 miles away from their homeland due to political reasons in the 60's, they did not want to be reminded of any thing from Cuba. The Cuban youths in the U.S. only listened to the North American, British (rock & roll) music of the 60's and were absorbed in the psychedelic era sounds. Only the elderly would listen occasionally to the old Cuban music. However, the Puerto Ricans in New York (New York Ricans) were still listening and dancing the Cuban music in a faster pace with some changes to the rhythm appropriate to modern times labeling it salsa because of the blend of the Cuban son, mambo, guaguanco, rumba, guaracha, guajira that was played by the great talented bands of Tito Puente, Ray Barreto, Larry/Andy Harlow, the Palmieri brothers, Johnny Pacheco, Willie Colon, Lou Perez and many others from New York. It was the Puerto Rican Community that kept the Cuban music alive and popular (Fania All Stars) in the nation and around the world. Today salsa in played in many forms from many countries that adopt their country traditional music and incorporated in with the salsa rhythm. This is what this CD is all about; it all started with the Afro Cuban roots (mostly the Cuban son) the forerunner of what today is known as salsa. Buy it! you will not regret it!"
World Latin Keeps Interest
James LeMay | Fort Worth, TX | 05/30/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Good Cha-Chas on this album. Don't let the album title mislead you. The album is Latin music in general and not strictly Salsa. For the dancers that take a critical ear to music, only 6 of the 12 songs are actually Salsas. The remaining songs are five Cha-Chas and one Rumba. I bought the album for the first track which is a very good Cha-Cha. I didn't expect a Salsa titled album to be a good source for that, and I think they should remarket it. The album is unique with the different flavors enhanced by languages and styles other than Spanish. Some may find it difficult to make the adjustment. You can dance to all the tracks except for one Salsa which is just a bit too fast. As a DJ, I found five songs worth ripping to play on the open dance floor. The other songs are suitable for practice."
A little different take on salsa
J Lee Harshbarger | Ypsilanti, MI United States | 11/13/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I am not a salsa music fan, but I do like this album. What got me interested in it was the opening song, a track from a band in Scotland, Salsa Celtica, that mixes Scottish sounds with salsa music. I love new blends/fusions of music, and this really appealed to me! So wild to hear bagpipes and fiddles in a salsa tune!Another favorite track is by Shaan, from India, that also does a great job of mixing Indian sounds with salsa. Totally cool! Unfortunately, this song is less than two and a half minutes long.My third favorite track is by El Septeto, from Finland. They use a trumpet that makes me feel like I'm right in Tijuana, another place, like Finland, not normally associated with salsa.The rest are less adventurous in mixing styles, but still there are some noticeable influences in local musical flavors. That's something interesting about this album--the bands are from countries not normally associated with salsa music: Japan, Senegal, Italy, Morocco, etc. I think it gives it a little more of a fresh flavor."