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Salsa term: Mambo (Style of music)

The Mambo is a complex rhythmic music style and dance. The Mambo is danced syncopated. That means on the first slap of every beat you don't make any step. The 2 and 4 slap of evey beat are accentuated in the music. You dance on the 2. The Mambo arises in the thirties in Cuba and was later mixed with jazz elements especially in New York. The most important representatives of the Mambo are: Pérez Prado, »Machito, »Tito Rodriguez and of course »Tito Puente. The Creole shaped name Mambo stands for "dialogue with the gods". Musicians are using the phrase Mambo for the last part of Salsa played only with instruments (mostly the horn section).



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