Salsa music has a sound all of its own originating in Cuba and Puerto Rico, while becoming popular in the United States in the 1970's. Salsa music is hot, sexy and sultry with loud beats that complement Salsa dancing perfectly. There are some fabulous Salsa CD's on the market, while as Salsa has become phenomenally popular worldwide it's a great time to buy CD's just now as the choice is amazing. Let's take a look at some Salsa CD's we think you may like.
Buena Vista Social Club
This fabulous CD is a special edition that features a cardboard sleeve which is unusual for CD's. The CD has fourteen superb classic Salsa tracks to get you moving, that were originally released back in 1997, along with a free forty eight page booklet of lyrics written in both English and Spanish. The music sounds effortless and whisks us away to Cuba where we can envisage ourselves tapping our feet in some retro Cuban café.
The musicians playing were rediscovered in Cuba back in 1997 by Ry Cooder himself a talented guitarist of many years standing. The title of the album Buena Vista Social Club is named after a former music club in Cuba that has long since gone therefore the mere title conjures up nostalgia for those of us who love to learn about the origins of Salsa.
Those who have a passion for Salsa music will definitely want to buy this CD to add to their collection. Some of the tracks are hauntingly beautiful while the musicians shine as some of the most talented we have listened to. Whether you are a fan of pop, heavy metal, rock, reggae, hip hop or any other genre we guarantee you will enjoy listening to this classic Salsa collection as an alternative choice.
Strictly Salsa Various Artists
This double CD package simply sizzles with great Salsa sounds that will get even the most reluctant dancer on their feet. With thirty two tracks of great Salsa music Strictly Salsa brings together the work of experienced musicians and artists with new artists to the genre. Among performers that feature on the CD are classical guitarist Ruben Rodriguez and Latin singer Felix Baloy.
Strictly Salsa is an eclectic mix of great Salsa songs and instrumental tracks that are equally amazing to dance to or kick back, relax and chill. Salsa fans must purchase this album as not only is it great value for money, £5.99 at Amazon, but it has everything Salsa lovers need whether it be a CD to play at a party, sing along to in the car or simply put on while you do the cleaning.
Beginners Guide to Salsa
Those who are learning to dance Salsa will find this great 3 CD compilation perfect for use when practising although it is equally as good to sit back and listen to. Put together by Lubi Jovanovic a UK Salsa DJ and promoter from Leeds, the CD's are themed and sequenced for dancers with the first CD featuring classics from the 1970's, 80's and 90's, number two featuring modern anthems of the 2000's and number three featuring contemporary modern hard Salsa.
This album is often the choice of Salsa dance instructors as it is the perfect compilation for those who are learning to dance Salsa. The tracks vary a lot with some that feature experienced Salsa musicians of yesteryear, while others feature musicians new to the scene that offer a slightly different style. Beginners Guide to Salsa is reasonably priced making it a must buy for all Salsa lovers everywhere. Put one of these amazing CD's on to get you in the mood before you go out. You won't be disappointed!
Simply Salsa comprises of four discs featuring fifty two amazing Salsa tunes. Listeners can't fail to find tracks they will love as the compilation is made up of all kinds of Salsa music from every era. Whatever mood you are in there is a tune to suit with dance classics, cool listening and Latin lover's tracks all featuring. These CD's are great to put on as background music in the house and car too or simply to Salsa around the living room as you listen.
The quality of the sound and performances of the artists are great on this album with a few of the artists excelling in our opinion. You will of course decide which artists we speak of your selves. Simply Salsa sells on Amazon at a really reasonable price making it a great choice to give as a gift, while it may not stand up to other compilation albums for hard core Salsa enthusiasts but we consider it to be wholly acceptable as easy listening or as an introduction to the Latin genre.
Salsa Around the World
Salsa Around the World produced by Putumayo World Music features twelve sensational Salsa tracks that will have Salsa fans dancing on the tables! This collection of Salsa music offers an alternative listen to many of the popular Salsa CD's in that the songs featured are sung in many different languages including Greek, Arabic, Hindi and Haitian Creole. It really is Salsa from around the world!
Traditional Cuban instruments feature heavily on Salsa Around the World, while it's great to realise that Salsa is a worldwide phenomenon as we listen to the varying languages in song. Salsa lovers will be up on their feet once the CD is played as the beat of the bongos begins with that familiar Salsa rhythm. Featured numbers include such artists as the fabulous Mousta Largo and the wonderful Havana Mambo. Those interested in purchasing Salsa Around the World will find it reasonably priced on the Amazon website.
Let's have a Latino Party! That’s what the CD asks us to do and once we begin to listen to the tracks we will certainly be in the party mood! The CD features forty fabulous Salsa inspired tracks from contemporary artists including Shakira, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Justin Timberlake and the amazing Carlos Santana a personal favourite, with a few oldies thrown in for good measure. Older tunes featured on the album are provided by the late Perry Como and Elvis Presley.
Further tracks we especially love include Bamboleo by The Gipsy Kings and Shakira's Hips Don't Lie. Whether it's easy listening while you relax or music to exercise to this CD has it all. It's certainly a feel good CD but not what you would describe as hard core. Latino Party may not be a Salsa CD in the traditional sense but none the less those who buy this album purely for entertainment with a Latino influence will not be disappointed!
Strictly Salsa 14 Tracks Dance
This great Salsa CD features fourteen superb tracks to dance to from artists who have been promoting Salsa for over fifty years. The songs and instrumentals are sung and played by two main artists namely The Stars of Havana Vieja and Manos Libre de Cuba. The consensus seems to be that this album is great to dance to, while it is also perfect for kicking back and relaxing to and we agree whole heartedly. Great value for money the CD sells on amazon for a mere £2.49 which makes it a must buy for Salsa fans everywhere.