Over the years, many of my students have asked for Salsa and Bachata music advice. What is a good song to practice? Where can I find a song that is playing the clave or the tumbao rhythm? Through out time we have applied different technological solutions, but I think this is by far the best. A relatively new company called Spotify has made it possible and social to share curated music playlists. I have decided to make my first blog post about this list and to introduce to a little fun project. Allow me to introduce DJ Fro! I will be curating a list of Salsa and Bachata for us to party, listen and enjoy. I started it a bit ago but I am going to come back to it and edit, delete, add any song that is not perfect for the list. Feel free to leave me some comments on which song you would like to add to the list. See you all in class, parties or just online.
In the 90s I was too young to go to dance clubs. But I was old enough to go to the 99 cent stores on Fordham Road in the Bronx, NY. Before streaming services existed, BX discount stores were my music discovery tool of choice. It was on Fordham Road that I discovered Technotronics! Lately I’ve been channeling the Caribbean in my work and naturally reggae made it’s way onto my playlist this month. Here are some of the tunes on blast in my studio.
Super Cat – Don Dada
Everyone Falls in Love – Tanto Metro & Devonte
Terror Fabulous ft Nadine Sutherland – Action
Beres Hammond/Cutty Ranks – Tempted to Touch
Beenie Man – King of the Dancehall
March isn’t feeling any warmer than February which spoiled my plans for a “Getting Ready for Spring” playlist. Instead I will keep the romance going from last month’s playlist. I’ve gathered some Salsa romantica from the 90s. If you aren’t busy busting out turn patterns then bust out your notebook and remember some of these lines – they might be useful at the club.
Grupo Bemtu – Asi Vivo Yo
Hector Rey – Te Propongo
Salsa Kids – La Magia De Tus 15 Años
Jerry Rivera – Cara De Nino
Pedro Conga – La Va A Pagar
Grupo Caneo – Que Hare Sin Ti
Grupo Niche – Atrevida
Tito Nieves – El Amor Mas Bonito
Tito Rojas – Quiereme Tal Como Soy
Rey Ruiz – Luna Negra
When Bachata originated in the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century it was first called “amargue” – the spanish word for bitter. The music genre has always been a way for us to cope. Bachata is how Dominicans grieve lost love. February is the month of love, so I have gathered some of my recent Bachata favorites for you. Get the shots of Brugal ready and dance away in your living rooms.
Raulin Rodriguez – Medicina De Amor (1994)
Antony Santos – Por Mi Timidez (1993)
Antony Santos – Voy Pa Alla (1992)
Raulin Rodriguez – Nereyda (1993)
Raulin Rodriguez – Cancion Del Corazon (1993)
Luis Vargas – Loco de Amor (1994)
Kiko Rodriguez – Vagabundo, Borracho y Loco (1995)