Below are two fantastic articles which offer insight into the Beginnings of 'Salsa' and a general overview of Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba. Great articles to see a perspective which many, especially in Europe and other parts of the world outside of the US, may appreciate because of the insights and perspectives.
Original October 2009 / Updated January 2010
This article is truly touching; offering in-depth and very personal accounts of some musicians and dancers who lived through the Mambo and Fania years - they describe what they perceive to be the true beginnings of how Salsa was born, rifts which were created, and still exist, today. The introduction of the article begins with, "Salsa, a universal term used to represent Latin music and dance, is said to have been formed because of division in the live Latin music scene in New York City during the 1960's; this division is still in full-effect 40 years later."
Article by Angelina Puente and Victoria Tarova
Original Februrary 2015 / Updated Februrary 2017
This article is a must-read for anyone who dances or listens to the music of Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, and/or Reggaeton. This is a journey which takes the reader through the development of each genre - and how back in the 1980's and 90's - publishers, deejays, and promoters contributed to distinguish each - and how each is organized today. During that era, all these genres were put under the umbrella-term "World Music" - then it shifted to "Salsa" - and eventually they became what they are today. A great read!
Article by Josué Joseph, Aleksandra Korewo and Lázaro Guzmán
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