Posts Tagged ‘salsa music’

Visual Salsa: A new way of feeling the Rhythm

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Do you like Salsa music?

Would you want to understand it better, truly express it in your dancing,
feeling the rhythm just like a native born dancer, without having to think about it all the time?

We hope you do, and are working on making it possible for you. We want you to be a part of a new, online Salsa Rhythm course we are creating, experimenting with new ways of rapidly mastering Salsa music. You will help us to custom tailor the course in the way which will work best for you.

Starting small, with a simple widget that will take you through a Salsa song and show you the basic footsteps (whether you are On-1 dancer, On-2 dancer, or interested in both), synchronized with the music and following it. The idea behind this method is to present the sense of repetitive musical patterns in a way other than simply counting numbers. Maybe it will work better for you, who knows? Let’s try!

Go ahead, Try it

The song you will begin with is called “Viva La Esperanza” from “Salsa Kids”. To start, simply hit the blue “play” button on the widget below:

Did you like this widget? Did you find it fun?

We love to hear your feedback. We will be creating additional widgets and similar content in the coming days, and publish them here, in our blog. Please, do leave your feedback – whether positive, negative, or any questions you may have – we want to learn from you what works best, improve and build the most effective Salsa Rhythm course for you.

You can either leave a comment below, use our Facebook page or send us a mail to if you wish. We read and answer every mail!

Special thanks to Gadi Evron and John “salseroblanko” for their ideas of creating this widget and publishing it in this blog.

If you would like to help too, contact us and we will give you the complete instructions how you can embed this HTML widget in your own website :) Happy dancing!

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!

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.


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)


Salsa music in French:

Fatal Mambo – Probleme

Africando – Aicha

Deldongo – concert à la “féria de Cali”


Salsa music in Hebrew:

Perla Malcos – Shir ha’Frecha

Shalom Hanoch – Haya Kedai

Salsa Groove with Perla Malcos – Emor Li Ahuvi


Salsa music in Russian:

Sever Combo – Lesnia Chislivaga Chilavieka

Sever Combo Live at Moloko 15 nov. 2001


Salsa music in Italian:

Croma Latina – Più che puoi

Kel Torres – Farfalle e Fiori


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)


Salsa music in Polish language:

Polatino – Zycie w Ameryce

Polatino – Bylas Kiedys Moja


Salsa music in Deutsch:

Los Dos y Compañeros – Kula Sack


Salsa music in Duala Language (spoken in Cameroon):

Richard Bona – Te Dikalo


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.


Salsa music in Swedish:

Pablo Cepeda – Himlen runt hörnet


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


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!

A day of fighting with Youtube

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

After spending the weekend creating for you a new Salsa Timing video for the song “La Pantera Mambo”, I finally had a final version ready for upload this morning. So, I went to my youtube account, hit the upload button and went for a breakfast.

20 minutes later, when I got back, I was very disappointed to find a message on my screen saying that youtube has failed to convert the file. Needless to say, I wasn’t going to give up that fast, so I tried re-encoding the file and gave it another shot. Another 20 minutes, and another failure.

After trying again several times, I decided to change the encoding settings, bit-rate and play with the encoding quality presets – but in vain. Either it did not convert, either it ended up with a gray screen instead of the actual video. Finally, I tried to upload short snippets of the video – ranging from 5 seconds to 30 seconds. Funny enough, the shorter snippets were uploaded perfectly – but the full video didn’t.

Finally, after more than 20 unsuccessful uploads, google has found me the solution – it seems like youtube support for the video encoder I was using, x264, was incomplete. Some of the videos encoded using x264 will be perfectly converted for youtube, while other won’t. I couldn’t put my finger on the reasoning behind which videos will convert, but I did learn that I need to stay away from this encoder.

Equipped with this information, I went to google to look for an alternative solution – and found the new open-source WebM video format, developed and sponsored by google. I had a feeling that this was going to work: since youtube is actually google, they are most likely to support a video format they sponser. And so it did – After encoding the video in the WebM format youtube has successfully digested it and now it’s waiting for you to watch and enjoy: