Salsa History

Though having dance styles of their own Puerto Ricans frequently borrow, then improve upon Cuban dance styles. This is important because since the 1920's Puerto Ricans have migrated to America, namely New York City, and have had a huge impact on the Latin music culture. During this time 50,000 Puerto Ricans migrated to America. During the years from 1949 to 1969 the popularity of Latin music became apparent. In this time span an additional 800,000 Puerto Ricans migrated to America. After moving to America many Puerto Ricans were forced to live in the ghettos. The traditional music of their homeland was often the only release from the frustrations of daily life. During this time the form of salsa "musica calienteaE was formed. Musica caliente used to tell storys of the struggle and frustration many Puerto Rican Americans were feeling at the time. Expressions of emotions, future aspirations, patriotism towards their countries, and romance were also seen. This lead to what is now considered salsa. Fania records, started in 1964 by Johnn



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