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Wednesday 18th November / posted by Osric Powell

Latin music, what’s not to like!?

There’s a few things I don’t get about Latin music.

I don’t understand the lyrics, I sometimes struggle to pronounce the song/artist names and I don’t know how to follow the dance techniques associated with Salsa, Rumba and the other genres this varied and engrossing style of music promotes. However, none of that detracts from my total admiration for this uplifting and increasingly popular form of music.

Latin music encompasses a range of genres including Salsa, Bossa Nova, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Merengue and many many more from the Latin America region. The origins of Latin Music stem from influences in African, Spanish and Portugese cultures. You can read up about it on this wiki page or learn a little about the origins of the popular Salsa genre via this entertaining performance from Ray Barreto and company.

I kicked the show off with a song entitled ‘Salsa Vibes’ performed by Salsa legend – Louis Ramirez  which set the tone perfectly for what was to follow. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable show and I’m grateful for the opportunity to play some really sensational Latin music. I’m already looking forward to the follow up because you really can’t go wrong with a bit of Latin music!

If you missed the show you can listen again here and you might also be interested in the http://rtrfm.com.au/gimmesometruth/ festival which opens with We Like It Like That: The Story Of Latin Boogaloo.

Get those dance shoes on!

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