Golden Age of Salsa

Various Artists  The Rough Guide to Salsa Gold
Various Artists
The Rough Guide to Salsa Gold
Various Artists

The Rough Guide to Salsa Gold (World Music Network, 2008)

Compiled by writer and researcher Pablo Yglesias, Salsa Gold is a fascinating portrait of the salsa of the 1970s, which many consider the "Golden Age" of salsa. Some of today’s biggest names, like Colombias’s Fruko got started in that decade. Other salsa luminaries are included in the collection: Zaperoko, timbalero Manny Oquendo, Héctor Rivera, Machito, Wayne Gorbea, Fania All Stars’ Louie Ramirez, and Tito Nieves, along with lesser known gems by Orquesta Narvaez and Orquesta Dee Jay.

Salsa was the result of the cutting edge fusion of Cuban and Puerto Rican dance and folk music forms such as son montuno, mambo, guaracha, cha cha cha, [wiki:bomba] and plena. Artists such as Cortijo y su Combo Original con Ismael Rivera successfully show how they were one of the pioneers in combining Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican elements. On the other side of the spectrum, Wayne Gorbea was inspired by Cuban son and Puerto Rican country music, known as jibaro music.

The enhanced CD contains a data track that includes music and travel from the Rough Guide books.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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