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MUSIC: African Salsa

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Why would I never think this was an actual sub-genre of the bigger umbrella "Salsa"? It only makes sense that West African music, the biggest influence on current day Latin American music, would have taken the product of its influence and tried it on for size. (DUH!)

I recently rediscovered the Salsa joint "Yaye Boy" - which for the record I thought was in Spanish (and believed I just couldn't understand ). This is one of those tracks that you put on at a Salsa party and watch everyone get up to dance for. The single came out in 1993 by the band Africando which originally was comprised of New York based musicians and Senegalese vocalists until they expanded and became Africando All Stars a few years later. (thank you Wikipedia)

Wow, I can't even begin to describe my excitement! African Salsa, eh? :} I think I'm going to have a lot of fun discovering some new tracks to add to my playlist!


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