History of Salsa Music and Origin By: alyssa chiero

Salsa music originated in the 1920's. It became very popular towards the 1950's and 1960's.


Salsa music originated in Eastern Cuba. (Around Guantanamo)

Salsa in New York City has a Puerto Rican sound. It has smooth instrumental breaks in many songs.

Salsa in Cuba is typically called 'Timba'. It has a fast tempo. Mostly contemporary styled songs.

Salsa in Columbia is also known as 'Salsa Dura' or 'Hard Salsa'. It has a brass sound. It reminiscent of Cuban Mambo.

Salsa in West Africa expanded, because many slaves traveled from West Africa to Cuba. In the 1940's and 1950's, the Afro-Cuban Salsa rhythm was very popular.

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