05 July 2012
DJs Pez Rodriguez and Flexi K will be spinning classics from the golden age of Hispanic dance music.
Mambo is one of the greatest Latin music rhythms ever created. Originally from Cuba, this genre was also responsible for shaping the sounds of modern Salsa music.
A Potted History of The Mambo
In the 1930s, Cuban music was heavily influenced by Danzon. One of the popular bands at that time was the orchestra of Arcaño y sus Maravillas; some of its members introduced variations to the classic beat of Danzon. They Orestes Lopez and Israel "Cachao" Lopez. In 1938, they produced a Danzon single entitled Mambo.
The Lopez brothers incorporated a heavier African beat into their music. This new type of Danzon, which is at the base of Mambo music, was known at that time as Danzon de Nuevo Ritmo. Sometimes, it was simply called Danzon Mambo.
The 1950s and 1960s saw the golden years of Mambo. Nevertheless, these years were rapidly overcome by the development of Salsa, a new crossover experiment that borrowed elements from different Afro-Latin rhythms like Son, Charanga and of course, Mambo. The influence of Mambo in Salsa is a significant one. Besides Salsa, Mambo also played a significant role in the development of another popular Cuban invention, Cha Cha Cha. For everything it accomplished, Mambo is definitely one of the most successful creations in Latin music.
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