Musical education from salsacubana.no
After discussion with one of my favorite Djs tonight that Pupy is Timba but Manolito is salsa cubana : I feel it may be time to outline what are now standard definitions . Also for newcomers here is some teminology that may be helpful to understand what will be happening on Saturday May 24th – We are very passionate about our Cuban style salsa and Timba this is why we bring bands from Cuba. This is a love that we always want to share with all around us no matter what style they like to dance . Also when inviting a Cuban band to play , it is always a great party no matter what your exact and precise musical tastes !
Timba: Cuban contemporary popular music with bass patterns and rhythms
that have the influence of hip-hop as well as rumba, with elements from
funk, jazz and rap. Marked by an explosive rhythm that’s somewhat
aggressive. Juan Formell, leader of the group Los Van Van, is said to
have been the first to use the term. He says that Timba lies halfway
between the traditional Cuban son and salsa. Performers among many
others are Los Van Van, NG la Banda and Charanga Habanera. Pupy plays Cuban style Salsa which is TIMBA.
Casino: the Cuban salsa dance style. We often do it as a RUEDA ( in a wheel or circle with multiple partners but the style is CASINO )
Rueda de casino: (normally just called Rueda). Salsa (or Casino) with a
group of people in a circle all doing the same moves in response to a
Conjunto: Cuban orchestra with vocals, trumpets, piano, bass, percussion.
Mojito: Cuban drink, a must in the breaks when playing/dancing salsa.
• Recipe: Mix the juice of 1/2 a lime (fresh), 1 tablespoon sugar or simple syrup and mint leaves. Add ice cubes and 2 ounces / 4 cl white rum (preferably Havana Club). Fill with soda water.
Montuno: Section of an Afro-Cuban dance tune using call and response between improvisations by the lead singer and repeated phrases by a vocal chorus.
Ahí-namá/Ahí Na’ Má – Spanish, short for "ahi nada mas". Literally means ‘only there’, ‘just there’ or ‘that and no more’, but used more as ‘that’s it!’ or ‘right on!’. Called out by musicians in salsa bands as a sign of enthusiasm, a way of highlighting a particular musical expression that feels good, etc. It was made popular by La Lupe, a Cuban singer of the 1970s as a call to the musicians and the audience to ‘go to it.’ "Ahí Na’ Má" is also a tune by Ismael Rivera con Cortijo y su Combo from the early sixties.
Songo: A contemporary, eclectic rhythm which blends several styles, including rumba, son, conga and other Cuban secular as well as sacred styles, with elements of North American jazz and funk. Invented by Juan Luis Formell, the leader of Los Van Van, and Changuito, the percussionist of the same orchestra.