Salsa Music History

The salsa music history goes a long way back. In the 1940’s this style of music was knows as Afro-Cuban Jazz. This Afro-Cuban jazz was played mainly in New York by immigrants from Puerto Rico. It was mainly due to embargo on Cuba starting in the 1960’s that the musicians needed a different name for there music as Afro-Cuban was no longer an option because it related to Cuba. This is when they the term Salsa was introduced.

Fania Records

By the 1970s, numerous artists joined Fania Records. Some famous salsa artists who joined include Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Celia Cruz and Hector Lavoe. Not only was salsa hot in the United States but also in South America as well as Central America, Japan and Europe. Even Africa embraced this new sound. Venezuelan and Colombian artists also joined the Salsa family, producing important artists such as Oscar D'León from Venezuela, Joe Arroyo and Grupo Niche from Colombia.


The 1980s was a time of diversification. The more sweet and smooth salsa became popular. salsa romantica or even salsa erotica. These songs were mainly about love and romance.

Today we also have Latin Houses which is inspired on salsa rhythms. This musical genre is popular amongst teenagers and fans of House music.

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