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Celia Cruz - Mi vida es cantar
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If you have been in salsa for more than a couple of weeks you surely already know who Celia Cruz is and if you don’t you can easily find out in thousands of web sites, so I won’t waste too many words on this; it will suffice to say that Celia Cruz is for salsa what Tina Turner is for pop, just much, much more. Since she has been around for over half a century her music production is immense; and since during those 50+ years she has enjoyed and undisputed role of queen of salsa, she could choose the best musicians, arrangers and composers to produce her music, who would simply bow at the honour. Among tens of great CDs, today I chose one of her latest and undoubtedly the best of her final years.

It should be clear from the start that this is a commercial CD, so it enjoyed success more among relative novice salseros than among the ‘elite’. Surely, it contains some sins, ‘La vida es un carnaval’ on top of the list, a cumbia dressed like a salsa, with a catchy melody which became the favourite of many DJs willing to lure non-salsa dancers to the floor while immensely annoying the purists. Nevertheless, you can find very nice tracks too, starting from “Mi vida es cantar” and “Cal y arena”, my favourites, to “Canto a Lola Flores”, “Patica de chivo” and “Salsipuedes”. All these tracks are easy to dance, with clear beat, reasonably relaxed pace and catchy enough to catch the fancy of the non-expert without annoying the initiated. As a bonus, you will find a gorgeous merenge “Me astan hablando del cielo”, sung with Kinito Mendez, and a pleasant bolero “Siento la nostalgia de palmeras”. Among commercial productions we have found much worse than this one! 8/2/08

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Jose Carrion - Rumba - Part 1 Yambu

Level: Beginner

Style: Rumba

General Comment: In comparison to salsa and mambo there is so little rumba instructional DVD out there that we need to make the most of what we can put our hands on. Also, most of ‘us’ managed to learn salsa sooner or later, but the body movements typical of rumba, albeit apparently technically simple, seem to be so innate, so African, so tribal, that we may suspect their recipe must lie in some obscure formula, rather than in reliable daily practising. At least, so it seems to me, which is why I look at rumba DVDs with the secret hope of finding in it the magic amulet which turns into rumba dancer its wearer, rather than a set of exercises.

Guess what? This DVD does not have the formula or the amulet, but it does have many features you would expect from a rumba DVD. It has a live percussion band, which is good, explanations in pure Spanish, which a good only for a few people, teaching and demonstration both from female and male dancers, which is good and a lot of talking, slow talking, which is bad.

Yambu, Jose explains to us, is the slow version of rumba, the one which supposedly mimics the movement of elderly people. It is difficult enough for me and cool enough to learn anyway, and a necessary first step towards the more adventurous part 2. If you learn all the material well, by the end of the DVD you will be able to mark the basic steps, step sideways and turn around slowly at the tempo of rumba. Not much, this is sure, and less talking could have allowed to fit more in the DVD. BUT.. this is difficult stuff, and learning it well should be considered as a reasonable achievement in itself. Despite his slow and excessive loquacity, I like Jose’s teaching and even more his dancing. Keeping in mind that in rumba ‘steps’ are a minor component, and that to achieve the ‘right’ effect you need to coordinate the entire body, I believe this DVD will still give us plenty to work on. As I said before, since there is so little rumba around, this is one more item to cherish.

Reviewed by Fabio - Ok

 
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On2? Which On2? I am writing this post to all experienced salsa dancers out there, and in particular to all salsa instructors. I have a question which hopefully will spark an e-mail exchange from which I may understand a few things which are unclear to me. In order to put this into context, first a few 'facts'.

Fact 1 . Roughly speaking, most people dance salsa either On1, or On2 Modern Mambo (NY style) or On2 Classic Mambo (Puerto Rican style also similar to Cuban contratiempo). Today Modern Mambo is used more frequently than Classic Mambo at congresses and salsa classes around the world.. more...

 
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Creativity, Style and Salsa: How can I be creative in my dancing? How does SuperMario come up with his incredible moves? Did Eddie Torres invent NY style? What is style? Who creates a style? What does it mean to be creative anyway?

There are no objective answers to the above questions. They all, one way or the other, depend on subjective views on the artistic expression we call salsa, on what we like, and on what we intend by salsa in the first place. But we can still say reasonable things about the matter and make the creative process clearer and possibly easier. What follows are some thoughts of mine, mostly borrowed from my maths background. I am sure all this must have been said already within the art or humanistic literature, and if you are aware of work in this area please let me know, so that I can learn more.

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