21 May '13, 12pm

A Week in the Life of Spanish Harlem Orchestra (A Tale of Two Countries) – An Observation By Oscar Hernández

A Week in the Life of Spanish Harlem Orchestra (A Tale of Two Countries) – An Observation By Oscar Hernández

However, after we completed our first sizzling set, I was called to the office by the club’s MC and was stunned when the manager handed me our pay and that told us that we were done for the night; there would be no second set. The conversation that followed brought me to a painful realization about our beloved musical genre. The manager and the MC explained that salsa music doesn’t have much of an audience any more. The club’s clientele is no longer interested in dancing to live salsa music – even if it is being performed by an internationally recognized act such as the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Instead, they would prefer to dance to a DJ’s blaring selections of bachata and reggaetón music. It’s ironic that this NY experience happened at a time when more people are dancing Salsa worldwide than at any other time in our history.

Full article: http://www.salsa-central.com/articles/features/a-week-in-...

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