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    Salsa music provides hispanic people with a platform to express their culture through the use of various rhythms and beats. Salsa’s creative outlet paved the way for many famous artists, including Tito Nieves who stars in the off broadway play I like it like that. This play focuses on a family living in New York City during the 70’s. During this time period, the city was under many hardships that affected people's everyday lives. The terrible economy and high crime rates at the time made it stressful for many New Yorkers, but Salsa provided hispanics with an escape. In the play, everyone is able to resort to music in their times of needs, especially the women who are limited with there self expression. In the hispanic community women are…

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    themselves. The tango and salsa styles of music and dance are prime examples of mobilities in Latin American music that help foster a sense of identity among the smaller communities, although each required international attention before earning recognition from its home country. Each style of music is a special hybrid of all kinds of influences, demonstrating a deep history that can also give some insight to the social outlook of the times. Despite the time gap between the emergence of the two…

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    Toronto Soundscape

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    had the chance to attend a music and dance performance reflective of the diversity of the world’s traditions but also reflective of Toronto’s multiculturalism. The event took place at the Lula Lounge on March 5th, 2016, where I saw the band ‘Salsotika’ perform classic 80s and 90s salsa. In relation to the performance I experienced, the goal of this essay will be to demonstrate how salsa migrated to Toronto and its contribution to Toronto’s cityscape. Since the boom in immigration helped with the…

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    Some basic steps for salsa are the basic forward and back, backwards basic, and side basic (ArtsEdge). When you dance salsa, you find the beats in salsa music you are given and dance on the phrase labelled as “1, 2, 3” and “4, 5, 6” (Salsa Dance Patterns) (HowcastArtsRec). You can start on the one-beat and you do two quick steps and then a slow one and repeat to fill the 8-count (ArtsEdge). With a partner, the woman is only “marking the time” and “helping the man to execute the steps” while…

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    Merengue Colombia

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    Salsa in Colombia varies from the typical salsa most know, Colombian salsa is very unique on the way it's portrayed and its very influenced much like cumbia by the African culture as well as the traditional culture. The main way of dance of colombian salsa is done by quick feet and a steady upper body, involving to go either back to center or back to the side. Unlike other salsa types colombian salsa involves very little spinning and there’s no turning although there is some exceptions with…

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    Isidro’s Tamales & Taqueria A year ago Ray Ramsey left a google review stating “This place is great! Don't let the location fool you, EVERYBODY goes here for tasty Mexican food… It's a hole-in-the-wall place, and very reminiscent of real Mexico. Give them a chance. The food is outstanding!” He raked the restaurant a 5 out of 5. In the Kankakee area there is not many 5 star restaurant and those restaurant who meet the mark aren’t usually affordable, but Isidro’s Tamales & Taqueria is one of the…

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    Summer is a wonderful time of year. The weather is warm and the days are long. Everything seems to slow down and be less hectic. Since everyone seems to have more time to socialize, it is the perfect time of year to entertain. So, while you still have some time before the crispness of autumn comes, plan an end-of-the-season party and serve some of these delicious gourmet appetizers that just scream summer. Salsa Fresca Everyone loves salsa. But, for the summer, it is so much better to use…

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    Mambo And Salsa Dance

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    Two well-known dances associated with Puerto Rico and Cuban culture are Mambo and Salsa. These dances are known for their rhythmic music, intricate timing, and both made it to the United States’ culture. Although the two dances share some similar characteristics, there are prominent differences as well. Mambo was a popular dance found in the Palladium Ballroom in New York City during the 1950s. The dance incorporated African influences such as the use of polyrhythm in the hips and pelvis…

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    The music was good, and I was able to catch the names of two more songs played by the DJ: Ya Basta by Frank Reyes and Papa Boco by Amarfis. The songs all had a driving beat. I enjoyed watching the people moving, particularly the way their bodies moved and how their dresses followed their movements in a flowing pattern. The environment was comfortable, and the people were polite and also willing to teach me their world. The best observation I made, however, was everyone’s mutual love for the…

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    hooked you from the start and kept you through out the song. This was the genius of “mambo king”, Tito Puente. Tito Puente, who’s referred to as the mambo king in Latin music, was a fusion of many styles…

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