Another style of Latin music is Salsa, which you will soon see is a popular music genre for yourself. Salsa instruments include bass, bongo, conga, rubber, clav, kebab, guitar, maracas, piano, timbales, trombones, pipes, wood chips, called ocarins and panpipettes. Salsa embodies the character of Latin music, but has since expanded to American genres such as pop, rock, jazz and R&B. You may notice that when the musical style – in the case of Salsa – becomes popular, it often splits and forms other styles of Salsa: Erotic, Proud and Romantic. There are also fusions like Charanga-Vallenata, Mereng-House, Salsa-Merengue, Songa-Salsa, TImba and Salsa-flavored Reggeaton.
As the name might suggest, Reggaeton is made up of Jamaica's popular music style Dancehall-Reggae with Spanish lyrics being taken from above. There are different related cultures that continue to connect, and we will probably see more interesting mixes from different genres. Along the way, countries continue to produce Rap music in their own language. If you haven't had the opportunity to hear Rap music from other countries, you owe it to yourself to listen to the similarities and differences of these dynamic styles. Certain radio stations in colleges and communities, such as Atlanta's WRFG-FM radio, are leading the way to alternative programming that cannot be found on commercial radio.
A major force in the Caribbean Latin movement was a very impressive musician with a flair. His full name is: (take a deep breath) Francisco De Assis Javier Cougat Mingal De Kru Y Deulofeo. This adds a name for every day of the week! The last time I heard a name for so long, it was Debra's "She's So Fine" by Wilson on Mad TV. I can't remember all the other names that preceded her last name – wait, it comes back to me: "Bunifa Latifa Khalifa Sharif Jackson." Without twisting our tongue this time, Xavier Kugat brought his influence to the American audience through a rich musical heritage that began in Spain and landed in Cuba by 1905. His humble beginnings as a trained violinist led him to create an exciting musical sound that spread like wild fire on Latin American dance venues. He is credited with bringing popular Latin music to new heights for dance such as Cha Cha, Mambo, Rhumba, Tango, "Latin Hustle too." Coincidentally, the last three dances were so popular that they were mentioned in the hit song of the classic disco group Chic "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)".
Hollywood grew more brilliantly, introducing movie stars like the funniest red-haired American, Lucille Ball, who later claimed her share of the television broadcast market through comedy. Hit shows like "I Love Lucy" put Lucy and her musician husband Desi Arnaz in the light of the TV. A show like this included a wide variety of musicians who contributed to Hollywood, such as Desi Arnas and Xavier Kugat.
In 1918, Kugat traveled to the United States to work in the film with his superb group. It featured a young ball before Lusil Desi Arnez and other notable Cuban musicians. By 1920, Cougat had moved to Los Angeles to perform his savory shows, which often featured popular singers such as Rita Hayworth, who had once helped to star in a movie. After being known as a woman's man, his third wife, Abbot Lane Kugat, has been involved in nine motion pictures during a fabulous Hollywood film career spanning from 1930 to 1959. A songwriter, guitarist and dancer couldn't resist Cougat. She became his fourth wife in August 1966; he was 66 years old. After Cugat found Charo, the Salsoul Fairytale collaborated on his first four albums. Like Xavier Cougat, Charo was born in Spain and also has a broad name: Maria del Rosario Pilar Martinez Molina Baez.
Towards the end of Kugat's dynamic career, he moved to the east coast and conducted the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel group house. Initially just an ordinary concert, it turned into an encore, lasting more than 15 years. Xavier Kugat actually got involved in the commercial form of Latin American music, but was criticized for crossing the unwritten boundaries of authentic music, as prescribed by his peers. He eventually left his group and handed his baton to the well-known and respected Tito Puente. Having released dozens of songs over 75 years, Kugat's legacy spans significant inroads into the world of Hollywood cinema in the '40s and' 50s. Cougat completed his "circle of life" in America and in 1970 moved again to where it all began for him, Spain. This exceptional musician will always be remembered for his important contribution to the world of entertainment, dance and music that points to what I call a "special mode of action", such as a special gift called Salsa.
Salsa's new popularity was taken to another level by Fania Records. This label led the musical revolution in the 1960s and still has a lasting effect on the world of pop today. Fania Records was created in the early 1960s by musician Johnny Pacheco and lawyer Jerry Masuchi. Johnny Pacheco linked singer Hector LaVois to trombonist Willie Colon and set up a team unlike any other in their profession. Many well-known couples of people from different professions have succeeded in business ventures. One example is the collaboration between talented musicians and skilful attorneys who came together to form powerful organizations such as ASCAP and Capitol Records.
As a side note, Capitol was the West Coast's first major label; the rest are based in New York. Around this time, the music industry made way for new artists and music styles, such as James Brown (Soul). There were also Stanley Clark and Return to Forever (Jazz-Fusion), Jimi Hendrix & The Experience, Sly & The Family Stone (racially integrated groups) and Parliament-Funkadelic (Funk). Salsa's newest baby has become the majestic Fania All-Stars. The band included "heavy weights" such as Celia Cruz, Larry Harlow, Ray Barrett, Luis Ortiz, Bobby Valentin and his own Rumen Blades in Panama, whose Hollywood eye caught him in blockbuster movies and popular shows. In addition to appearing in classics like Predator 2, Blades has popped up in these films:
Tango Spin Killing Chinese Box
There was once a fatal beauty state in Mexico
Disorganized Crime The Two Jakes Mo's Betta Blues
Life with Mikey Color of Night The X Files
This is not a complete list. So where does such an exciting musical style as Salsa come from? This is a great question; there is also an answer to this. This infectious music, known as Salsa, was actually a union of Afro-Cuban, American and Puerto Rican flavors of Bomb, Jazz and Merengue. Through numerous performances and recordings, Salsa took on a unique shape and formed a dominant musical style. As a result, Salsa was released on stages and dance floors wherever she went. The Fania All-Stars presented Salsa at his best.
Although Fania Records was released in the fall of 2005, its legendary music releases will soon not be forgotten; they can be slightly difficult to obtain. Without important contributions from creative singers, musicians and Fania Records, Latin music may not have been as popular as it is outside the Caribbean. To make my journey through life and music useful, I rely on a Bible verse to motivate me: "Search and find." People need to take the time to look for the important values in life. Music is a given; Salsa is a gift. I recommend trying both from time to time; or as often as necessary. "The music doctor said – vamonos, mi amigos!"