09 May '13, 2am

Bugalu on Broadway: The Dawn of Salsa in New York City by Latin music scholar Ned Sublette -- #mag

Bugalu on Broadway: The Dawn of Salsa in New York City by Latin music scholar Ned Sublette -- #mag

By the late 1980s, salsa had become the core of a radio format called “tropical.” As corporate control of commercial radio consolidated, what radio programmers wanted was salsa romántica. As a formula, it was deadly, but something essential about salsa was lost in the transition to radio-driven love songs. As Willie Rosario put it in an interview with George Rivera, “the focus became the physical appearance of the vocalist, and not the music” – meaning that TV preferred to show skinny young white guys, even if they couldn’t find the clave with a flashlight. The music was often tracked one instrument at a time to a machine-generated click, losing the sense of jamming that had pervaded Fania-era salsa. In the process, radio mostly stopped playing new records by members of the original salsa generation.

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