Humans used to apply the Darwin’s classification to a rhythm for every single culture, not anymore for sure!!!!
and when people said: “latino” everyone thought “SALSA”..
This amazing “SALSA” culture is as extensive as the electronica itself, with also many sub genres and in the digital/DJ era fusion respects no boundaries.

After Fania’s meltdown (Fania is the biggest salsa label til date) the genre got polarized into romantic salsa or salsa monga, and erotic salsa fans VS Salsa Dura lovers.

Many of those prejudices got deep in Latin America, so Salsa was sort of re discovered by Europeans traveling to Cuba, Colombia, NY or living abroad. they did not have all that pressure of social and musical preconceptions. They blended and evolved the salsa.

One of the best in doing that was and still is Bruno Garcia aka Sergent Garcia

DJ Lubiis king of the worldwide latin/salsa compilation market.

Señor Coconut, a German producer and DJ based in Santiago, Chile, remixed and made loads of covers and classics doing his own latin versions

Today Richard blair’s sidestepper sound has soared way far beyond but the project started as an original fusion of classic salsa and sick beats which became one of the best Colombian folk /fusion ensembles, with help of legendary producer Ivan Benavides they still bring the best of Colombian folklore to hip hop via cumbia, dancehall, dub and bass or afrobeats.
In the process , Sidestepper has helped transform the Colombian music scene, inspiring a new generation of young beat scientists to marry latin music with cutting edge beats. The originator that kick started the new wave of electro acoustic colombian music.

Sidestepper transformed the “urban” (hate that term) scene and sound in Colombia, tons of great musicians like teto Ocampo, roberto cuao, “batanga” among many others have collaborated with richard, and loads of great singers as well.
Some of them are Janio coronado, Goyo from ChocQuibTown, our usual and quoted folklorist Pernett, and Sergio Arias from Malalma.

In addition, once the foreigners took salsa back seriously, Latinos who felt restricted to the usual parameters and afraid to show their salsa experiments got the encouragement necessary to start doing it!!!!
Many of today’s new salsa musicians were into the latin jazz or some sort of jazz because most of “virtuosos” players and salsa dura players moved to that.. many flirted with latin/funk fusion but not doing Salsa dura.

the first i want to talk about isLa 33 who started doing it in 2001!!
although they have plenty of original i chose this epic Johnny Colon cover

this is a lil bio of them

To be continued….. in Part II


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