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Talking of Latin Music - Salsa

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Hola, my dear Read.cashers! I hope September brights for all of us!

For days I wanted to write something about music. Last month in my article Of Rock and Hot Dogs, I mentioned some of my favorite rock songs. But I also had in mind to write something about Latin music.

There are many genres within Latin music. Perhaps one of the most popular nowadays is the Reguetón. But I'm sorry, but no sorry since I won't talk about it. I don't really like Reguetón. But I thought that since my friend @fantagira loves Salsa and she says that she never remembers the names of the songs, maybe I could share here which are my favorite salsa songs. The ones that I never want to skip dancing to if I go to a party.

But before going to my favorites Salsa songs, let me tell you a little about the origin of Salsa.


Salsa is a genre of dance music. Resulted from the mixture of Cuban son with jazz and other Caribbean rhythms. Its commercial success as a musical genre was achieved in the 60s in New York, driven by musicians of Puerto Rican and Cuban origin. Source.

And now, my top five salsa songs. All are already classics of the genre, and they are the ones that I like the most. But I do like many others as well. They aren't written in any specific order. So if you want, you can put your headphones on. And maybe later you'll need to find a dancing partner.

Pedro Navaja - Rubén Blades

It is perhaps the most popular song in the history of Salsa. Composed by Ruben Blades, a Panamanian singer, compositor, and songwriter. Pedro Navaja belongs to the best-selling album in the history of salsa. The lyrics of this song are such a story. It tells the last moments in the life of a thug named Pedro Navaja with a prostitute in the streets of an old neighborhood (el viejo barrio). It's inspired by a song by the famous jazz singer Louis Armstrong, Mark the Knife.

Por la esquina del viejo barrio lo vi pasar
Con el tumba'o que tienen los guapos al caminar
Las manos siempre en los bolsillos de su gabán
Pa' que no sepan en cuál de ellas lleva el puñal

Llorarás - Oscar D'León

Llorarás is one of the best-known songs of the Venezuelan salsa singer Oscar D'Leon known as El Sonero del Mundo or El diablo de la salsa. He wrote the song in 1975 when he was part of a group called La Dimensión Latina. If you are a salsa dancer, probably, you may have danced with some of the songs of the huge repertoire of this Venezuelan singer and songwriter.

Sé que tú no quieres que yo a ti te quiera
Siempre tú me esquivas de alguna manera
Si te busco por aquí, me sales por allá
Lo único que yo quiero, no me hagas sufrir más, rumbera

Dime Por Qué - Ismael Rivera

Dime Por Qué is a song that has been performed by various artists but has become one of the classics of salsa in its version performed by Ismael Rivera. This Puerto Rican singer was known as Maelo and called the Sonero Mayor.

Por qué razón dejaste
Aquel amor divino
Aquellas ilusiones

Dime cual fue el motivo que encontraste
Para dejarme solo y sin cariño
Sí mi único pecado fue adorarte

El Gran Varón - Willie Colón

El Gran Varón is one of the greatest hits of the North American singer of Puerto Rican origin Willie Colón. It was written by Omar Alfanno. The song tells the story of Simón. A transsexual woman who dies of AIDS.

En la sala de un hospital
a las 9:43 nació Simon
Es el verano del '56
El orgullo de don Andrés, por ser varón
Fue criado como los demas
Con mano dura, con severidad
Nunca opinó
Cuando crezcas vas a estudiar
La misma vaina que tu papá, óyelo bien
Tendrás que ser un gran varon

La Vida es un Carnaval - Celia Cruz

La Vida es un Carnaval is one of the many hits of the well-known Cuban singer Celia Cruz. She was one of the most popular Latin singers of her time. And was known as La Reina de la Salsa. The name of the composer of the song is Victor Daniel.

Todo aquel que piense que la vida es desigual
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que la vida es una hermosura, hay que vivirla

Todo aquel que piense que está solo y que está mal
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que en la vida no hay nadie solo, siempre hay alguien

I know that at least one of my friends here likes Latin Music. @jasglaybam is a fan of Thalia. And what about you, do you like Latin music? If you like it, what is your favorite genre?

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Until next time! ;)

September 2, 2021

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Don't know much about Salsa music or dance. I guess the dance makes the music interesting and vice versa? I prefer the 2nd (Oscar D'Leon) and 3rd (Ismael Rivera). Truth be told, when it comes to Salsa, my palette takes precedence - when it's accompanied by Nachos and Cheese! LOL.

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So you are a sauce kind of guy, LOL. Instead of a dancer one. ;) 😂

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1 month ago

Yes indeed 🤣

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1 month ago

Wow you must be a graceful dancer who dances well , dancing isnt for me though haha.. 💃🕺

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I'm not an expert either, but I can dance as an amateur. hehe

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1 month ago

Although I don't dance, Salsa is kind of fun to listen to. I used to hear those when we have fiestas back when I was a kid.

My music genra is Country (Garth Brooks, Allan Jackson, Collin Raye kind of music)

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Just listening to Salsa is not my favorite, although many songs have good lyrics. But I do love Salsa dancing.

I love rock, but I also like country music. Music is food for the soul. xoxo

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1 month ago

Salsa is fun, I have to have a few salsa clubs in my time. I was reading through the songs thinking it would be cool if there was a women singer and then right at the end you snuck in one Eliana :) This was a fun article, not my genre of music but I like on a night out.

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Yes, Salsa is fun. It's not the music that I usually listen to. But I do love to dance Salsa. Of course, there are many good women Salsa singers. And Celia Cruz was really the best. She was considered kind of a legend.

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1 month ago

I shall have to have a wee listen then for Celia Cruz

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1 month ago

Great! But the first song is worth listening to. And more since you understand Spanish. ;)

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1 month ago

Boy, did you make me sentimental. It's been a long time since I listened to those singers. What a time I haven't danced. But what fond memories of all that music.

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Yes, the truth is that all those songs also bring me fond memories.

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I'm yet to listen to any Latin songs but I'm thinking of downloading some because I like the way you described those music

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Try it. You could like it!

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