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Salsa Opus: the 5 episodes serie

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A unique serie of 5 episodes devoted to the world of salsa and its ori­gins. A musi­cal trip on the Amer­i­can con­ti­nent from New York to Cuba, cross­ing Colom­bia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.


SALSA OPUS 1 : New York, our Latin thing ep.1/5

In the melt­ing pot of New York, Salsa has achieved the dream of Gen­eral Boli­var: “To unite under a sin­gle ban­ner, in the heart of a sin­gle cul­ture peo­ple as dif­fer­ent as Colom­bians, Puerto Ricans, and Cubans”. New York Salsa is a pro­foundly Latin music which has allowed these up-rooted com­mu­ni­ties to redis­cover their cul­tural iden­tity. Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by: Henry Fiol, Cuco Valoy, and José Alberto.


SALSA OPUS 2 : Colom­bia, a trop­i­cal coun­try ep.2/5

In Colom­bia, the already “spicy” Cuban Salsa is enriched with the country’s own tra­di­tional music and dances. The two cities of Cali and Bar­ran­quilla con­stantly com­pete for the title of “Salsa Cap­i­tal” at their fairs, shows, and car­ni­vals. The old steam­boats that once lined the har­bours have since been­re­placed by freighters, but these con­tinue to arrive laden with the lat­est albums of New York Salsa. Each car­ni­val is a cel­e­bra­tion of Salsa’s pop­u­lar­ity and is hon­oured with exotic and vibrant murals. In this coun­try rav­aged by endemic vio­lence, music has become one of the last expres­sions of “the good life”. Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by: Joe Arroyo, Los Niches, and Raices.


SALSA OPUS 3 : Puerto Rico, the island of song ep.3/5

Puerto Rico is the birth­place of the most famous of Salsa idols : Ismaël Rivera. Nick­named the “Sonero Mayor”, he was the lead­ing pro­moter of a mod­ern ver­sion of one of the rich­est Caribean folk­lores : The Bomba. A unique dance music, it is a mix­ture of African rhythms and Span­ish music. Puerto Rico, this great reser­voir of New York emi­grants, has lived on the artis­tic cre­ations of the Salsa cap­i­tal. Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by: Ismaël Rivera, La Son­era Pon­cena, and El Gran Combo.


SALSA OPUS 4 : Venezuela, a visa for the bar­rios ep.4/5

Venezuela has an extremely rich musi­cal past — the rhythms of Soca, Merengue, Calypso, and Steel Bands come together to cre­ate a vibrantly orig­i­nal Salsa. But each province has made its con­tri­bu­tion — from Barlovento come the drum rhythms of the African com­mu­nity; from Mara­caïbo come the fol­low­ers of Gaïta Zuliana; and from El Callao and the Atlantic coast comes Calypso. Each of these musi­cal influ­ences, whether Afro-Antillais or Latin, have in the Caribbean tra­di­tion become inte­gral parts of the c arni­vals and dance of Venezuela. Fea­tur­ing per­for­mances by: Oscar D’Leon, Dimen­sion Latina, The Willian Pucci Orches­tra, and Complot.


SALSA OPUS 5 : Cuba, rum, rhythm and spice ep.5/5

The his­tory of Cuba lies in the smoke of its tobacco, the sweet­ness of its sugar, and the rhythms of its music. Gui­tars and white sugar, drums and black tobacco — ever since the 16th cen­tury, these ele­ments have com­bined to enhance Cuba’s cre­ative fer­veur. Today, “afé au lait”, Bongo, Con­tradanse, Tango, Habanera, Rumba and Cre­ole all come together to cre­ate an “excit­ing” sound… Accord­ing to the pro­tag­o­nists of this poplu­lar art, Salsa does not exist : these are the sounds of tra­di­tional Cuban Music. Here, we dis­cover the famous Cuban Son through a blend of its music, dance, and songs.


Salsa Opus: the 5 episodes serie


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