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Orquestra Aragon – Por Siempre
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Another long standing living myth of Cuban music. If the longevity of Orquestra Reve’ and Los Van Van is already astonishing for western standards, nothing compares with a band which has been around since 1939! This CD is a compilation of their hits, most of which are very old. And make no mistake, the CD does not come with nay make up, face lifting and hair colour to mask its age, you will notice from the very first notes that this is grandpa’s music. The reason this CD does not deserve to be relegated to a dusty museum is that so many of these tracks are classics, which you have surely already danced in more recent versions; plus, of course, the music is nice. The sound impact of very different from more recent latin bands: the piano and bass are very tamed and most of the harmonies are delegated to the violins; in place of the traditional powerful brass section dialoguing with the lead singer here we have a masterful single flute, quite bizarre for today’s standards, so the high pitches of the flute and the violins create the impact which will lead you all through the CD. And not much power.. those were not the days yet for it.

This CD will be mostly enjoyed by Cha-Cha-Cha lovers, since this is Orquestra Aragon trademark and there are so many here; they are not powerful but joyful and fun to dance to. Strictly salsa lovers will find only two tracks “El Paso De Encarnacion” and the cumbia-ish “Yo No Bailo Con Juana”, but, at least the first one, is a must. A good CD to have to give variety and touch of history to your collection. 24-9-07

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Marcelo Nascimento - Afro Brazilian Dance Workout

General Comment: This DVD takes us to a tropical-looking resort where Marcelo, a tall guy of surprising agility and grace, given his size and two female helpers take us through an aerobic routine of fairly unusual inspiration: together with obviously Afro and Brazilian moves, there are yoga inspired motions and stretches and other moves whose fluidity reminds me of Indian or South-East Asian traditions. The exercises are carried out at the rhythm of a modern, westernised Brazilian tune, the dancers are good, the pace not too fast and the atmosphere pleasant.. why not?

Reviewed by Fabio of SalsaIsGood - Ok

 
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On2? Which On2? I am writing this post to all experienced salsa dancers out there, and in particular to all salsa instructors. I have a question which hopefully will spark an e-mail exchange from which I may understand a few things which are unclear to me. In order to put this into context, first a few 'facts'.

Fact 1 . Roughly speaking, most people dance salsa either On1, or On2 Modern Mambo (NY style) or On2 Classic Mambo (Puerto Rican style also similar to Cuban contratiempo). Today Modern Mambo is used more frequently than Classic Mambo at congresses and salsa classes around the world.. more...

 
The Salsa 10 Commandments: 1)You shall not dance out of time, 2) You shall not refuse a dance to a less advanced dancer , 3) You shall respect other dancers on the dance floor more...

 
Creativity, Style and Salsa: How can I be creative in my dancing? How does SuperMario come up with his incredible moves? Did Eddie Torres invent NY style? What is style? Who creates a style? What does it mean to be creative anyway?

There are no objective answers to the above questions. They all, one way or the other, depend on subjective views on the artistic expression we call salsa, on what we like, and on what we intend by salsa in the first place. But we can still say reasonable things about the matter and make the creative process clearer and possibly easier. What follows are some thoughts of mine, mostly borrowed from my maths background. I am sure all this must have been said already within the art or humanistic literature, and if you are aware of work in this area please let me know, so that I can learn more.

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