Your song type selection

#1
Ok.. so lets say in general.. u dance 10 songs on average at any given latin venue at any given day.. whats your ideal allocation:

Currently for me, it'd be:

1 salsa son
2 salsa romanticas
2 salsa descargas
2 chachas (1 fast + 1 slow)
2 batchatas (slow)
1 merengue (mad rythm)
 

MacMoto

Active Member
#2
My problem is I don't know enough about salsa music genres/subsets to give a list like that... :oops:

Given that I prefer to have tons of salsa and not too many non-salsa songs, I can allow only 1 non-salsa in a set of 10, so it will have to be a cha-cha (unless the venue is short of cha-cha loving leaders, in which case a merengue will have to do).

The rest, I want
3 medium-slow salsa,
4 medium-fast salsa,
2 fast salsa.

A balanced mix of LA- and Cuban-style friendly songs would be good.
 

Sagitta

Well-Known Member
#4
For me...

salsa - charanga
merengue -- like Juan Luis Guerra -- as if it ever will happen!!
bachata -- slow -- what else?
cha cha -- the clearer the beat the better as there are so few who know how to dance it and then I have a better chance of dancing with someone
forro y cumbia -- what can I say -- again few dancers for this -- so few that I think I no longer can do it properly -- I just do a modified salsa -- but still I wanna have it.
 
#5
I have an eclectic taste in afro-cuban music, when I go dancing salsa I love to hear the whole spectrum from mother Son to all of its offspring... However, I do not enjoy the same style for more than a handfull of songs, unless they are rican salsa which I can dance to all night.

Which leads to...
A guajira (1)
a few sons - a slow and a medium one (2,3)
a pachanga (4)
New York Salsa to get the juices flowing (5,6)
a Charanga (7) - There is just something about a good charaga that gets me jumping...
a cha cha (8)
rican salsa to top it off (9,10)
I'll be happy for the rest of the night.

For me, I always want my last dance to be to a rican salsa. I just love to end the night with something like Aquel Viejo Motel by David Pabon.
 
#6
i'd rather have salsa, mostly medium-tempo. So, in ten songs ... let's say:
1 slow
5 medium
2 fast
and then thrown in some vallenato or merengue or whatever.
I also like it 'balanced': some puerto rican, some cuban,some classic ... (i cand dream!)
Anyway, i dont like when they start playing too many rhythms in a mostly-salsa venue (bachatas AND cumbias AND vallenatos AND ... forró!?? wow!); i mean, if you are going to mix things then better go for it and never play 5 songs in a row in the same rhythm and give playing time to 'non-latin' music.
 
#7
there are nites I don;t even dance.

When I go to this lil Cafe here in Pasadena every Thursday, I just enjoy the live music played by the band.

But on a dance nite out,

It be great to dance to a few good NY sound songs, some Guajira some cha cha cha and definitely a couple bachata.
 

Vin

New Member
#8
Sagitta said:
For me...

salsa - charanga
merengue -- like Juan Luis Guerra -- as if it ever will happen!!
bachata -- slow -- what else?
cha cha -- the clearer the beat the better as there are so few who know how to dance it and then I have a better chance of dancing with someone
forro y cumbia -- what can I say -- again few dancers for this -- so few that I think I no longer can do it properly -- I just do a modified salsa -- but still I wanna have it.
You know that reminded me, it is not that I dislike Merengue but it doesn't seem as if I have ever heard a really good merengue dj. How often will you here a merengue by Juan Luis Guerra at the club. Lots of the good salsa singers will put out a merengue or two on every album as well and they are often quite good. You never hear those though.
All I ever hear are these techno flavored merengue that are too fast to really enjoy.
Back to topic,
10 songs,
2 Colombian salsa's,
2 New York Salsa's
1 pop salsa(to keep all the newcomers happy)
2 Greats (El Gran Combo,Willie Colon, Celia Cruz, . . . ),
2 GOOD merengues
1 bachata(to rest of course)
Not necessarily in that order.
 
#9
Vin said:
1 pop salsa(to keep all the newcomers happy)
The other night it dawned to me that this is the very reason why crapy salsa was invented, to get the newbies to notice salsa, I knew there was a reason that junk was invented! We have to slowly teach the kids to walk before they can run... :?

I just wish everyone knew quantum physics before learning to add. :D
 

Vin

New Member
#10
borikensalsero said:
Vin said:
1 pop salsa(to keep all the newcomers happy)
The other night it dawned to me that this is the very reason why crapy salsa was invented, to get the newbies to notice salsa, I knew there was a reason that junk was invented! We have to slowly teach the kids to walk before they can run... :?

I just wish everyone knew quantum physics before learning to add. :D
Fortunately even here in dc there are a couple of djs that are all about the good salsa. This does keep the newcomers away though.
 

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