Salsa Music

Salasa Music mindmap- Origins, characteristics,instrumentation, dance steps and performers

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  • Salsa Music
    • Steps
      • Hands kept still, hips swing
      • Man faces women
      • Steps are closely linked to the Clave rhythm
      • Closed position
      • Dancers use two bars of 4/4 to complete simple dance cycle (3 steps per bar)
    • Instruments
      • Latin Percussion
        • Congas
        • Bongo
        • Timpani's
        • Cowbells
      • Piano (plays broken chord patterns)
      • Front line plays syncopated riffs- consists of 2-5 horns
        • Trombone
        • Saxophones
        • Trumpet
      • Cuban guitar and guitarrone
      • Accordian
    • Origins
      • Originates from Cuba
      • Spanish and African influeneces
      • Popular in Cuba, Puerto Rico and New York
    • Characteristics
      • Time signature of 4/4
      • Harmony based on Chord patters- often in a minor Key
      • Call and response, often in the vocals
      • Syncopation
      • Son Clave rhythm- either in 2/3 or 3/2
      • Simple melodies followed by Coro- improvised sections
      • Lyrics of love and everyday life
    • Performers
      • Gloria Estafan
      • Ricky Martin
      • Celia Cruz
      • Untitled

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