Salsa's roots began in the 60's and 70's and as a new craze out of New York City that was influenced by a combination of several other dance genres including the cha cha chá, mambo, Puerto Rican bomba y plena, and a touch of Latin jazz among others. While the pioneers of salsa were predominately Cuban and Puerto Rican, the popularity has spread all over Latin America and the United States.
The salsa scene is still vibrant and alive today and one thing's for sure, there's never a dull moment when you have it playing!
While salsa has mostly become popular in it's own right, it is sometimes grouped under "Tropical" music which is Latin music originating from the Caribbean. The Tropical music umbrella also includes the rhythms of merengue, bachata, cumbia, and bolero to name a few. Here are some of the tropical music artists that you can hire for you next event:
Charanga Habanera is a 14 piece band from Havana directed by David Calzado. Charanga Habanera is one of the most popular bands in Cuba and also around the world. They have been nominated for numerous awards including the Latin Grammy.
Gilberto Santa Rosa
The "Gentleman of Salsa" has been known to change up his style from album to album and is one of the more discussed salsa artists of his time.
El Gran Combo
El Gran Combo is a multi-award winning salsa band that has recorded about fifty (50) albums since they were founded in 1962.