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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!

New Salsa Timing Video: Yo No Se Mañana

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

After publishing the last Salsa timing video, I have received requests from several users asking me to create a similar video for the song “Yo No Se Mañana” by Luis Enrique.

This time, I have decided to make the timing video more “beginner-friendly” and include moving shoes that demonstrate the basic step in On-1 timing. As with the previous video, there are annotations that highlight the musical changes and the structure of the song. The new video is available in high definition, 720p:

The lyrics:

Yo no se si tu no se si yo, Seguiremos siendo como hoy
No se si después de amanecer, vamos a sentir la misma sed
Para que pensar y suponer, no preguntes cosas que no se...
yo no se
No se donde vamos a parar, eso ya la piel nos lo dirá
Para que jurar y prometer algo que no esta en nuestro poder
Yo no se lo que es eterno, no me pidas algo que es del tiempo
Yo no se mañana, yo no se mañana,
Si estaremos juntos, si se acaba el mundo
Yo no se si soy para ti, si seras para mi
Si lleguemos a amarnos o odiarnos
Yo no se mañana, yo no se mañana,
Quien va a estar aquí...
De un café pasamos al sofá, de un botón a todo lo demás
No pusimos reglas ni reloj, aquí estamos solos tu y yo
Todo lo que ves es lo que soy, no me pidas mas de lo que doy
Nooo oooo
Yo no se mañana, yo no se mañana,
Si estaremos juntos, si se acaba el mundo
Yo no se si soy para ti, si seras para mi
Si lleguemos a amarnos o odiarnos
Yo no se mañana, yo no se mañana,
Quien va a estar aquí
Esta vida es igual a un libro
Cada pagina es, un día vivido
No tratemos de correr antes de andar
Esta noches estamos vivos
Solo este momento es realidad
Ohh No, no, no seeee
(Yo no se mañana)
Esta vida es una ruleta que gira sin parar
(Yo no se mañana)
Yo no se si tu, yo no se si yo, como sera el final
(Yo no se mañana)
Puede ser peor, o puede ser mejor
(Yo no se mañana)
Deja que el corazón decida vida miá lo que sentimos
Mañana... yo no se
(Yo no se, yo no se mañana)
Ahora lo que vivimos es algo realmente lindo,
Quien puede saber lo que pasara mañana no hay nada escrito
(Yo no se, yo no se mañana)
Estamos solo tu y yo
Y los momentos hay que vivirlos... hay que vivirlos
(Yo no se, yo no se x2)
Yo no se mañana, yo no se mañana,
Si estaremos juntos, si se acaba el mundo
Yo no se si soy para ti, si seras para mi
Si lleguemos a amarnos o odiarnos
Yo no se mañana, yo no se mañana

Do you have any ideas or requests for the next video project? Share them in a comment below!

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 !

Salsa Timing Video: Interesting youtube Insights

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Two weeks after uploading the new Salsa timing video “La Pantera Mambo”, I have decided to peek at its youtube insights, and discovered a few interesting trends:

Hot Spots

Hot Spots in youtube videos are places where the viewers are most attentive to what is going on in the video. One of the ways youtube calculates the hotspots is by counting how many users are rewinding the video to watch a certain part of it again:

Hot Spots in "La Pantera Mambo"

As you can see in the graph above, there are two hot spots. The second is near the end of the video, and the first one turns out to be the piano solo part of the song. It seems like dancers find the piano solo as the most challenging part to keep up with the rhythm, so many of them rewind the video and view that part multiple times.


By looking at the demographics chart above, you can see that most of the viewers are men – almost 75%. Can you think of a reason for that?

You are invited to leave a comment below and tell us why there are way more men viewers than women in your opinion…

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: