A cool night of hot salsa | VailDaily.com

A cool night of hot salsa

DJ Patricio
Special to the DailyDJ Patricio spins tonight at Salsa Night at Rays in Edwards from 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

EDWARDS – Salsa is an inclusive art form, both the music and especially the dancing.

When you go to a salsa club, there won’t be only one kind of person there, one race, one age group, etc. Salsa attracts people of all races, all ages and all walks of life. It’s uniquely Latin, or more precisely Afro-Latin, which is why it’s so sexy and so much fun. It’s more than a music and a dance, it’s a way of looking at life. I truly believe that.I myself am a native of Tallahassee, Fla., and moved to the Vail Valley in 1998. My obsession with Latin music began in 1991, when I was in college in California and a random purchase of Tito Puente’s 1958 classic “Dance Mania Vol. 1” literally changed my life and turned me on to the Afro-Latin sound, and I’ve been collecting Latin music ever since.

Although I don’t have a regular gig in the valley this year, due to an increased work load at my day job, I have been the Vail Valley’s only dedicated Salsa and Afro-Latin deejay for four years now. A lot of people know me as DJ Patricio from my previous gig at Agave in Avon where I hosted “Latin Wednesdays” for three and a half years. I am also an amateur percussionist and like to play my congas and cowbell when I spin.Salsa music is an umbrella term for Afro-Latin based dance music, and although Salsa is played, produced and enjoyed in almost every nation on earth, the primary countries that are considered the true sources of salsa are Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, and of course, the USA, from Latin New York and Latin Miami.

The genius of Salsa music is that it combines two things: the rhythmic genius of the West African drum, brought to the New World as a result of the slave trade, and the melodic and lyrical genius of the Spaniards, who colonized much of the Caribbean Basin. To a lesser extent it also includes the influence of native instruments of the now extinct indingenious Caribe, Arawak, and Taino indians, who gave us the guiro and the maracas. But, the African drum is what sets it apart from other kinds of Spanish-language music, such as the music of Mexico, which for the most part had no slave tradition and therefore no African syncopation in their native music. The term “Salsa” includes, but is not limited to, salsa dance music, merengue, guaguanco, son, timba, punta, reggaeton, cha-cha-cha, and mambo.

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