10 Oct '13, 3am

Making Salsa Dura Harder

Making Salsa Dura Harder

have seen a focus on a “harder” salsa sound from several bands in the business, an alternative to mainstream romantic salsa. The name given to this approach is “salsa dura,” and in many ways it harks back to the days of yesteryear (read: the 1970s), even in terms of song selection: bands do covers of “El hijo de Obatalá,” “Número seis” and other tunes that were hits during this decade. While this harder focus is encouraging, seeing as how it moves the music back to a time when the sound was both traditional and progressive, I’ve found that for me, salsa dura generally doesn’t have the same power as the music of the bands whose sounds are being evoked. This is my perception as a listener and as someone who kicks out $15 or more per CD. Like any good junkie, I want to get my fixes. And despite dabbling in music writing, I'm not associated with the staff of a major newspaper ...

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