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Salsa - History and Overview of Salsa Music

Salsa - History and Overview of Salsa Music
By Tijana Ilich Updated September 11, 2016. Salsa is a word that inspires an instant reaction in Latin music lovers everywhere. It is the rhythm, the dance, the musical excitement that sends millions of normally sedate non-Latinos to the dance floor where they meet their Latin neighbors, who are too busy enjoying the music to notice. Birthplace of Salsa There’s a lot of debate about the place where salsa was born. But there’s little doubt that if salsa had a passport, the date of birth would be the 1960s and stamped under place of birth would be New York, New York. Evolution of Salsa Between 1930 and 1960 there were musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and South America coming to New York to perform. continue reading below our video They brought their own native rhythms and musical forms with them, but as they listened to each other and played music together, the musical influences mixed, fused and evolved. Of course, this musical hybridization was not a one-way street. The Name ‘Salsa’

Key Instruments in Salsa Havel Edward Havel Rhetoric of Reggae Research Paper Professor Alfred Snider (Tuna) Drums and Bass Guitar: The Foundation of Reggae Music Reggae is a style of music that needs a strong backbone and a strong driving force. The drums are one of the most important instruments in reggae music. The reggae drum set is essentially a compacted form of all African drum and percussion elements. ( This is Bob Marley and the Wailers playing a show. “Percussionist, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson keeps Ziggy's rhythm light and danceable” ( This is an example of what a percussion player’s set up may look like. Reggae drums have fairly flexible guidelines. Another style of drumming is called Rockers invented by drum and bass duo, Sly and Robbie. If you listen to variety of reggae songs, you will realize that the drums sound more or less the same. New bass guitar methods emerged with rock steady.

History of Reggae - The Reggaskas Reggae is a term that was coined sometime close to 1960. Derived from rege-rege, a Jamaican phrase meaning “rags or ragged clothing,” it is used to denote a raggedy style of music that grew up in Jamaica around that time. Reggae is a genre of music that has its roots in a number of other musical styles. Reggae shares many characteristics with Ska, such as a walking bass line with guitar and piano off-beats, but Ska is faster paced and also tends to incorporates jazz-influenced horn riffs. Reggae music is recognisable thanks to its heavy backbeated rhythm. Early reggae music had lyrics consistent in theme with its predecessor, Rocksteady, with songs often focusing on topics such as love. Many of the words used in reggae songs are incomprehensible to US and UK English speakers, as they are taken from traditional Jamaican patois or refer to Rastafarian concepts – for example Jah, meaning God. Reggae began to rise to international acclaim as the 1970s progressed.

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