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Salsa Music for the New Year and XMAS

Friday, December 9th, 2011

A new year is coming, and what’s the best way to celebrate? Salsa, of course!

We have put together a compilation of New Year and Christmas Salsa music you can listen free from youtube, also several Salsa CDs you can get from Amazon. So let the fun begin!

Timing Videos

We have created several Salsa Rhythm & Timing videos for New Year songs:

Click here for the complete blog post about these songs, including lyrics, explanations and much more useful information!

Christmas Salsa Collections

For those of you who prefer purchasing CDs/Salsa Collections, here are recommended Christmas Salsa collections on Amazon, all are available for 10$USD or less. A great Christmas gift for yourself or friends who dance:


Feliz Navidad
Hector Lavoe, Yomo Toro & Daniel Santos

Asi Es Nuestra Navidad
Gilberto Santa Rosa & El Gran Combo

Ponle Salsa A Tu Navidad
Orquesta Tabaco Y Ron

Additional songs

What’s your favorite new year Salsa song? Leave a comment & let us know!

A great documentary about Timba in Cuba

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Our most recent Salsa Timing Video featured a Timba song. Timba is a genre of music from Cuban origin, sometimes referred to as “Cuban Salsa”.

The song we chose was “El Repartero De La Habana”, performed by Sama Y El Expreso De Oriente. You can watch the video here:

Today we bring you a documentary program about the Timba in cuba, or more specifically – “Team Cuba”. Team Cuba was formed back in 1998 by the 7 most popular bands at that time, with the mission of spreading the Cuban Timba and sharing it with the rest of the world. The following video tells their story, featuring live concert clips with many famous Timba bands, an interviews with influencers in the Timba music, including Juan Formell (“Los Van Van”), Issac Delgado, amongst many others.

Despite the quality of the recording, the story itself fascinating for anyone interested in Latin music and Cuban Timba. Watch the video and learn what Timba is directly from the makers of this high-energy dance music:

Many thanks to Michael “Che” and for TimbreMayor for sharing this great resource with us. What do you feel about Timba? Would you consider Timba as a part of Salsa or as a distinct genre? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

“La Llave” by Grupo Latin Vibe – The Lyrics

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Here are the lyrics for the new Timing Video, “La Llave”:

If you haven’t done so, we recommend that you read our previous blog post:
The key to dancing On-2.

The blog utilizes this song to explain the “On-2″ Salsa style (a.k.a New York / Mambo), and also explains some of the rhythmic patterns that are presented in the video.

Original Lyrics:

Se me quedó la llave, Mercedes, se me quedó la llave, Carmela
Se me quedó la llave, Juliana, se me quedó pegada en la puerta
Se me quedó la llave, Mercedes, se me quedó la llave, Carmela
Se me quedó la llave, Juliana, se me quedó pegada en la puerta
Se me quedó la llave, Mercedes, se me quedó la llave, Carmela
Se me quedó la llave, Juliana, se me quedó pegada en la puerta

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
¡Abre la puerta que soy yo!
Si no me abres la puerta me quedo aquí en el hondo
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
¡Abre la puerta que soy yo!

Te traigo un ramito de flores, Carmela, y una sopita de camarón
¡Abre la puerta que soy yo!
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
¡Abre la puerta que soy yo!

Y una cajita de chocolate a Mercedes, dueña de mi amor
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
¡Abre la puerta que soy yo!

Ay, tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
¡Ábreme la puerta, te lo ruego por favor!

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
¡Abre la puerta que soy yo!

¡En hora buena!

¡Mercedes, Mercedes, abre la puerta que soy yo, chica!
Aquí, tú no me venga a fastidiar más, ¿OK?
¡Vete, vete ya!

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom…
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Abre la puerta, dueña de mi corazón

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Ay, prende la radiola y apaga la televisión
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom

Y cuando entre, vamos a bailar un son

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Abre la puerta, por favor!

And in favor of the non-Spanish speakers, here is the English translation:

I got the key stuck, Mercedes, I got the key stuck, Carmela
I got the key stuck, Juliana, I got it stuck in the door
I got the key stuck, Mercedes, I got the key stuck, Carmela
I got the key stuck, Juliana, I got it stuck in the door
I got the key stuck, Mercedes, I got the key stuck, Carmela
I got the key stuck, Juliana, I got it stuck in the door

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, it’s me !
If you won’t open the door, I will stay here waiting
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, it’s me!

I brought you a bunch of flowers, Carmela, and a shrimp soup
Open the door, it’s me!
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, it’s me!

And a box of chocolate to Mercedes, owner of my love
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, it’s me!

Ay, tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, I beg you, please!

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, it’s me!

Finally!

Mercedes, Mercedes, open the door, it’s me, girl!
Here, you don’t come back and bother me anymore, OK?
Go, go away now!

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom…
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, owner of my love

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Ay, turn on the radio and turn off the TV
Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom

And when I get in, we will dance Son (traditional Cuban dance, one of the roots of Salsa)

Tum tum pa tum pom pom pom
Open the door, please!

After reading the lyrics, what do you think this song is about? What is the story behind it?
Leave a comment and let us know!

Salsa Music Around The World

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Salsa has become a world-wide phenomenon in the last two decades. Almost every country I can think of has a prosperous Salsa scene with thousands of dancers, clubs with Salsa music and an annual Salsa congress. Most of the countries also have local Salsa bands, some of them write original Salsa music in their own native language. While the vast majority of the Salsa music is still in the Spanish language, there is also a great selection of salsa Music in many other languages.

In this blog post, I have collected for you a few examples of Salsa songs in 15 different languages. If you have any additional examples of Salsa in these or other languages, just leave a comment with the song/performer name, and optionally a link to a youtube video.

English

Salsa music in English:

Alex Wilson – Ain’t Nobody

Lenny Kravitz – Thinking of You

EuroCuban Project – Never Leave You

David Cedeno – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

Junior Gonzales – Lady In Red

Angeles – No Woman No Cry

Puchi Colon – We Wanna Worship (Christian Salsa)

French

Salsa music in French:

Fatal Mambo – Probleme

Africando – Aicha

Deldongo – concert à la “féria de Cali”

Hebrew

Salsa music in Hebrew:

Perla Malcos – Shir ha’Frecha

Shalom Hanoch – Haya Kedai

Salsa Groove with Perla Malcos – Emor Li Ahuvi

Russian

Salsa music in Russian:

Sever Combo – Lesnia Chislivaga Chilavieka

Sever Combo Live at Moloko 15 nov. 2001

Italian

Salsa music in Italian:

Croma Latina – Più che puoi

Kel Torres – Farfalle e Fiori

Arabic

Salsa music in Arabic:

Cheb Sahraoui – Je Suis Naif (Algeria)

Hanine Y Son Cubano – Ala Bali (Lebanon)

Hanine Y Son Cubano – El Helwa Di (Lebanon)

Polish

Salsa music in Polish language:

Polatino – Zycie w Ameryce

Polatino – Bylas Kiedys Moja

German

Salsa music in Deutsch:

Los Dos y Compañeros – Kula Sack

Duala

Salsa music in Duala Language (spoken in Cameroon):

Richard Bona – Te Dikalo

Dutch

Salsa music in Dutch:

Cache Deluxe – Geef mij je angst

Chinese (Mandarin)

Salsa music in Chinese:

Mandarina China Band – 月亮代表我的心 (The moon represents my heart)

Mandarina China Band – 最熟悉的陌生人 (los extraños mas conocidos)

Special thanks to Simon Fung from Hong Kong for sending us the names of these songs.

Swedish

Salsa music in Swedish:

Pablo Cepeda – Himlen runt hörnet

Japanese

Salsa music in Japanese:

Orquesta De La Luz – 真夏に咲いた花

Song in Okinawan Japanese:

Haitian Creole

Salsa music in Haitian Creole:

Haitiando – Pa Koute Konsèy

Wolof (An African language from Senegal)

Africando – Aicha

Visaya (a Philippines language)

J.R. Reyes – Matud Nila

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Final Word

I truly hope you enjoyed listening to the collection of the songs I brought you here. For the beginners amongst you, it is many times easier to correlate to songs in your own native language, and this collection can serve as a starting point for you. For the more advanced dancers, this collection will let you extend your horizons and taste additional flavors of Salsa coming from exotic places around the world. I would love you hear your feedback about this collection, so feel free to leave your comments below.

Do you know any additional songs in these languages?
Just leave a comment with the song/performer name, and optionally a link to a youtube video. Thanks!

Salsa Live Performances – Free Video Clips

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

One of the best ways to master the Salsa timing and rhythm is attending live performances and watching the players as the play. The visual association of the playing band members with the sound they produce helps us to internalize the patterns and separate the rhythms played by the different instruments.

Unfortunately, not all of us are able to afford going to live Salsa performances, and even those who do usually stand far away from the players, unable to notice all the happenings on stage. And some of us can’t just stand and watch, as soon as the music begins we grab our partner and start dancing…

With this in mind, I have decided to share with you some of my favorite clips where you can watch high quality live performances, including camera close-ups of the players. So here we go:

Tito Puente – Ran Kan Kan (HD)

Watch out for the great Timbales solo, played on 6 different drums around minute 4:20.

Marc Anthony – Nadie Como Ella (Live Bógota, Colombia)

So many energies on the stage, hosting J. Lopez for a short dance, and a great Conga solo by Eric Velez around minute 6:20.

Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz – Sonido Bestial (HD)

Richie Ray is one of the most talented Latin piano players I know. This video ends with four special solos dedicated for the following instruments: Congas, Bongos, Piano and Timbales. You can actually see how the band members signal to each other and communicate the changes in the music when the play.

Juan Carlos & Dan Den – Viejo Lazaro

Featuring a crazy pianist, a lot of close-ups on the percussion and piano players and funny faces. Around minute 5:10 there’s a call-and-response sections between the piano and the timbales, and you can actually notice the on-stage dynamics between the players. Minute 6:24 in the clip holds a little surprise for you :-)

Conclusion

These 4 songs are just the tip of the iceberg, and still, there is a lot to learn from watching them. If you have any questions or want a break-down of any of the songs above, please leave a comment.

Last word, if you know any good youtube links for live Salsa performances, I invite to share them too. Just leave a comment below with the youtube link. Thanks !