Salsa Music - Online Radio
You cannot sit still when Salsa music plays. The spicy rhythm creates finger snapping, toe tapping and head swaying movement. Salsa music is a popular social dance music and it brings life to any dance floor. Salsa music began in Cuba during the 1930’s. It originated in the mountainous region of eastern Cuba and became known as ‘son montuno’, which, when translated, meant ‘mountain rhythm’. It fused together the three sounds of the Spanish guitar, African rhythms and percussion instruments.
Typically there are nine instruments used in Salsa music. Samplings of these instruments include the Bongos, the Cowbell, the Guiro, and the Claves. The Bongos are a pair of round drums held between the knees, and struck with the hand or fingers. The Cowbell is held securely in one hand while the other hand strikes it with a stick. The Guiro is a carved gourd which is played by scraping it with a stick. The Claves are two cylindrical pieces of wood. When one stick strikes the other stick a sound is produced which rises over all the other instruments. This sound plays the important role of carrying the rhythm of salsa music, directing the melody and the steps of the dancers.
Salsa Music History
Salsa music made its way from Cuba to New York City during the 1960’s and 1970’s. It became popular with the Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants. Two influential Salsa music singers of the 1950’s were Cuban-born Celia Cruz, and Tito Puente from Puerto Rico. Carlos Santana re-recorded Puente’s ‘Oye Como Va’, which became a huge Salsa music dance hit during the 1970’s.
More about Salsa Music
The popularity of Salsa music has spread throughout Latin America, North America and Europe. Salsa music is a happy style of music with typically romantic lyrics. Salsa music never fails to liven up every dance floor with couples dancing to the repetitive rhythm.
Listen to Salsa Music Online
For your listening enjoyment visit hit-Tuner.net and click on Salsa at the top of the home page. Then get ready to start tapping to Salsa music!