I didn’t really dance much to salsa when I lived in New York, which is odd, as that’s where salsa was born from a mixing of Cuban and Puerto Rican music.
However, when I moved to L.A. and started going to parties with my various Cuban family, I learned to dance salsa right quick. If I’m ever in a down mood, all I have to do is put on some salsa and the world looks much brighter.
So, for your night owling, a little bit of la musica caliente que se llama la salsa.
A few weeks ago I posted this, taking a trip down memory lane. Concurrently with electro, there was another genre called “freestyle”. This was more the music of my time in L.A. Again, dark sweaty parties dancing until you couldn’t dance any longer. So, more dancing for you night owls.
Influenced by Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa, Lucha Villa, and Amparo Ochoa, Lila Downs is recognized for her flamboyant, diverse and outré contributions to the music industry through her traditional and authentic fashion, the majority of which are based around Mexico’s indigenous peoples’ styles, cultures and heritages, which show through her performances and music videos. Her achievements include one Grammy Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards.
Besides her musical career, she involves herself with humanitarian causes and political activism, especially dealing with issues of Latin America’s indigenous.
She’s beautiful, she’s talented, and she rocks. For your end-of-weekend festivities, a bit of Señora Downs.