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Hong Kong Mambo – A new Salsa timing video

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Getting back from a two-month vacation in South America, it’s the time for a new Salsa Timing Video. This time, Tito Puente, “The Mambo King”, with a great Mambo song.

As you can see, this video is “On-2″ (New York Style). After releasing our first On-2 video, “La Llave”, we received a lot of positive feedback, so we decided to create another one. This video also features an illustration of the Timbales patterns. You can find an explanation about these patterns in our blog post “The key to dancing Salsa On-2″:

While Tito Puente is recognized as a world-class Timbales player, and some even believe he is the best Timbales player of all times, it’s less known that he also played the Vibraphone and the Marimba. In this song, Hong Kong Mambo, you can hear his talent playing the Marimba. The marimba has a key role in the piece, playing the melody.

A few things to notice about the congas:

  1. It’s easy to notice the Slap sound of the conga drums, look for it whenever the instructor says “2″ or “6″. The first slap is at 00:07.
  2. At 03:15, the Congas improvise for 2-phrases, which can be clearly heard.


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 :-)


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 !