Without music there is no dance! To see others dance is to be Inspired! There are a lot of great resources out there to listen to Cuban Salsa and Timba music – to buy it. To ask questions about dance and see it.
(Note that Virgilio of Alegria Dance’s favorite dance style is Cuban Salsa and so the focus is on that. If you wish other areas to be covered let him know at email@example.com)
Listening to, Learning, and Seeing Cuban Salsa Y Timba
Timba.com and La Timba Cubana – Both great resources for listening to some of the latest timba music and keeping abreast of the timba scene. Timba.com is also a great resource for learning about timba artists from around the world.
Timba para Sienpre! – “A « salsa » webradio for the promotion of Cuban music through the streaming of classics, hits, rarities and new releases: Timba, Songo, Changüí, Son, Reggaeton, Conga, Rumba y Cha Cha Chá… A lo cubano !” You can also listen to this on your iphone or ipod touch using the Timba PS app .
Batanga.com Web radio stations available to listen to a variety of music.
www.muchoswing.com This is an all around great resource for video clips of people dancing the entire spectrum of Cuban dances, and bands playing – not just timba.
SalsaForums – Go here to ask questions and talk about the music and dance
SalsaBeatMachine – Here you can learn about the different elements that help make a song: the different instruments and the rhythms they play, 3/2 vs 2/3 clave, listen as songs such as Joe Arroyo’s La Rebellion are broken down for you, and so much more.
Music recommendations – Get a taste of Cuban / Timba flavor with the songs listed below:
Adalberto Alvarez: Para Bailar Casino; Deja La Mala Noche; Leccion de Amor
Juan Formell & Los Van Van: Agua; Aqui el Que Baila Gana; Temba, Tumba y Timba; Corazon; Anda Quiereme; Ven Ven Van; Tu A Lo Tu, Yo Yo A Lo Mio
Orquesta Anacaona: Llora si te duele
Paulo FG: Te Bote
Suave Tumbao: Deja Que Llegue Arriva
Sur Caribe: La Pelota de la Suerte
Timbalive: Ave Maria Que Calor; El Dinero; Chirrin Chirran; Zorra