Archives

How the word “SALSA” made it into dance

Salsa means ‘dressing’ in Spanish, popularly adopted as a word metaphorically associated with the taste, joy and strength of life.

In 1933, the Cuban musician Ignacio Piñeiro used the term for the first time in a Cuban son song entitled “Échale salsita”.
In the mid-1940s, Cuban Cheo Marquetti traveled to Mexico. Back in Cuba, with influence of the spicy sauces for the food, he gives that name to his group: Conjunto los Salseros, with whom he recorded a couple of records for the Disquera Panart and Egrem.

Music author Sue Steward claims that the word was originally used in music as “a form of appreciation for a particular spice or a single quick, coming to describe a specific genre of music from the mid-1970s when a group Of New York’s Latino musicians, began examining the arrangements of the popular classic mambo bands of the 1940s and 1950s. She mentions that the first person to use the term salsa to refer to this musical genre was a Venezuelan radio disc jockey named Phidias Danilo Escalona, who was broadcasting a morning radio program called La hora de la salsa in which music spread Latina produced in New York as a response to the bombardment of rock music in those days (beatlemania). It was lunch time, dressing, taste, and of course,

It is until the 1970s that the boom of the word salsa was born as a definition of the musical genre, due to the emergence of the famous Fania All-Stars orchestra, directed by the Dominican Johnny Pacheco who – along with the late lawyer Jerry Masucci – would found the important Seal salsero Fania Records.

Ed Morales mentions that the word salsa is assigned to the time that a band increases to put the dancers in a high part, to thank a musical moment and to express a type of cultural nationalism, proclaiming the warmth and flavor of the Latin culture.

Salsa-2 – Origins and evolution

In the 1930s, septets and sextets (which used only bongó) were very popular in Cuba. When Gerardo Machado banned the use of bongó, the charangas (that only used timbales) became popular, coming to appear some groupings in the United States. Censorship was lifted in the late 1930s and bongos were used again.

Around 1940, Rafael Ortiz’s Key Set introduced the tumbadoras or congas into an orchestra, instruments previously used only in Afro-Cuban folk music. Arsenio Rodríguez popularized the use of the congas to integrate them to its set, introducing the son montuno to commercial level. The integration of the tumbadoras and bongos in the sets that played were montuno would be one of the fundamental sources of the instrumentation of orchestras of dance.

In the 1940s, Machito added trombones to son montuno and guaracha, these innovations influenced musicians like Jose Curbelo, Benny Moré, Bebo Valdés. Mario Bauza, director and arranger of the Machito Los Afro-Cubans orchestra, is considered the father of Afro-Cuban jazz. In its album Tanga of 1943 fused the Afro-Cuban music with the jazz.

The influence of Afro-Cuban jazz and the Mambo of Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1948 determined that the saxophone was introduced in the orchestras of son montuno and guaracha. Enrique Jorrín in 1955 adds trumpets to charanga orchestras that until that moment only used violin and flute.

Salsa-3

In the 1950s, Cuban dance music, such as son montuno, mambo, rumba and chachacha, were the mainstream music in the United States and Europe. In New York City, the Cuban style of the bands was formed mainly by Cuban, Puerto Rican and Dominican musicians. As an example, we can mention Machito, Tito Rodríguez, the Catalan director Xavier Cugat, Johnny Pacheco and Tito Puente.

Feel like learning how to salsa?  Get latin and dance lessons in Vancouver BC from a dance studio called Victory Dance Club (http://victorydanceclub.com/) to learn how to dance the “salsa” and other styles for weddings, competition or just pure pleasure. First lessons are completely free. Contact them to sign up for your first class: Victory Dance Club – 1050 W. Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1E6, (778) 318-0516.

Final salsa

Outside the circle of New York, groups such as the Aragon Orchestra, Sonora Matancera and Dámaso Pérez Prado and their mambo achieved an important international projection. Mambo was influenced by Afro-Cuban jazz and the son, great bands of this genre kept alive the long tradition of jazz within Latin music, while the original jazz masters were limited to the small spaces of the bebop era.

In 1969 Juan Formell introduced the electric bass in the sonero ensembles of Cuba.

The Puerto Rican Four was introduced by Yomo Toro in Willie Colón’s 1971 orchestra and electric piano in the 1970’s by Larry Harlow.

Latin music performed in New York since 1960 was led by musicians like Ray Barretto and Eddie Palmieri, heavily influenced by imported Cuban rhythms such as Pachanga and chachacha. After the 1962 missile crisis, Cuban-American contact declined sharply, resulting in the growth of Puerto Rican influence in New York’s salsa of the 1970s.

The Puerto Rican community of New York, called by the American nuyoricans, became the leader of Latin music, although always influenced by the music of renowned Cuban celebrities like Miguelito Valdés, Machito, Jose Curbelo, Chano Pozo and Arsenio Rodríguez.

This entry was posted on June 9, 2017, in Goals.

SEO Tips for Your Fitness Business

You are a great trainer, equipped with an outstanding fitness studio and a remarkable website. However, you are not able to generate a good number of clients. It is high time to reconsider your internet fitness marketing strategy.

Search engines have become an important part of our lives. You need to have increased visibility to ensure your target audience can choose you. Search engine optimisation (SEO) is a marketing technique that can help improve visibility of your website in search results. Here are some SEO tips to improve your fitness business, and you must be doing SEO, SEO for fitness is a must for every business owner!

On Page Optimization Tips

It relates to the improvements that you have to make on your site, so that google can understand your content and its intended keywords. You can achieve it by taking care of the following issues:

All content that is created for your website must be 100% original. 

Use keyword or keyword phrase in title.

Keep titles within 40 to 65 characters.

Keep the title relevant to your content.

Add proper headings and tags to highlight specific keywords in order to add focus for the search engines.

Keep your Meta description short, around 150 characters for best result.

The content’s URL should match the meaning of the contents on the page.

Use images with proper tags.

You can find more on page tips at this really helpful fitness marketing blog

Off-Page Optimization Tips

Internet provides more platforms other than search engines to browse information, so make sure to market your fitness business in all available options. When google comes across the mention of your fitness business anywhere across the internet, it will increase its trust on your website and would also increase the rank awarded to your site, thus making your website available in first page of a goggle search. You can count on social media and back linking to achieve the ends.

Social Media

You might have known the popularity of social media like Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter among youngsters. They help a great deal by sharing your fitness ideas and workout videos. The increased number of message shared increases the credibility of your website. 

Backlinking

It is way to increase references to your website in order to improve the popularity of your site in the eyes of goggle. It is achieved by two links with unique SEO purposes.

Internal Link 

You can make your site more readable by making links internally around your website. When people browse through the different pages in your website, the credibility of your website automatically increases

External Link

The outbound links that you make on your website increases the chance of getting a link back into your website. This increases the number of times that your website is accessed.

You can improve your internet fitness marketing based on the SEO tips, When You have done with it, you are all set, get ready to offer service to an endless queue of fitness aspirants.

For more information on how to get your fitness website on page one of Google, visit Online Fitness Profits SEO agency

 

This entry was posted on March 16, 2017, in Goals.

Benefits of Using Spray Foam Insulation

 

Top Benefits to Using Spray Foam to Insulate Your Winnipeg Home

 

Spray foam insulation is manufactured using two different types of composite materials. The two different types are isocyanate and polyurethane. When you combine these two materials together they react with each other by expanding and then hardening. The installation process consists of simultaneously spraying these two materials with a spray foam gun. This will allow the spray foam insulation to provide a protective layer over any desired area.

Some of the benefits of using this type of insulation are that it is a powerful insulator, provides an airtight seal, provides incredible energy savings, is a great moisture barrier, deters mold, is environmentally friendly, and has a very long lifespan. These seven benefits provide the major reason why many homeowners choose this type of insulation over others.

For example, due to the fact that this insulation expands and hardens it provides a tight seal everywhere including small crannies and nooks. Other types of insulation, on the other hand, would leave these small areas exposed. Spray foam insulation has a 6 rating which is the highest rating for providing an airtight seal. Air leaks are typically the number one reason for a high energy bill. A spray foam insulated home is able to provide a powerful airtight seal that has proven to be more than 24 times better than other types of insulation in regards to permeable air infiltration.

Many individual homeowners and business owners have realized huge savings when it comes to their energy bills. Spray foam insulation can provide up to 50% energy savings in comparison to other types of insulation. It also will be beneficial for deterring mold because it is water resistant. There is no food source for bacteria or mold growth.

Spray foam insulation also provides an excellent moisture barrier. It will not allow air or moisture to enter into your crawl space or attic through cracks or holes. Other types of insulation cannot compare when considering spray foam insulation as a moisture barrier. It is impermeable to water and therefore if your home is ever subjected to a major water leakage or flood then you will not need to be concerned about the spray foam insulation absorbing the water.

Spray foam insulation also has a very long lifespan. In fact, it is almost indefinite. This fact alone will save the businessman or the homeowner a tremendous amount of money because they will not need to re-insulate down the road. Finally, spray foam insulation is environmentally friendly. It helps to reduce energy consumption, protects against mold growth and moisture, and is designed to last for a very long time which means that fewer materials will need to be produced.

Need spray foam in Winnipeg?

Spray Foam Pro

593 McMillan Ave

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

R3L 0N7

(204) 814-1404 

This entry was posted on January 11, 2017, in Goals.

Setting Priorities

Two of my recent posts titled “The 80 Percent Rule” and “How Many Hats?” caused some respondents to bring up the subject of setting priorities in ministry. I’d like to share a tool that proved useful to me during my years in full-time parish ministry.

 

It’s called the Nominal Group Technique (NGT). If you Google “Nominal Group Technique” you will find a wealth of information about this approach to group decision-making. I first heard about it from Chuck Dull when he helped the Southeastern District plan its 40th anniversary convocation in 1979. I was asked to lead the task force that implemented NGT at the convocation with about 600 participants (about 60 groups of ten people in each group, as I recall, with a trained leader for each group). We used the questionnaire-by-mail companion to NGT known as the Delphi Process to reach another group of people whose input we desired but who were unable to attend the convocation. The convocation produced several priorities for ministry and mission that helped to set a course for the District (led by its president, Richard Hinz) for the next five to ten years.

 

Since then I have used NGT in various other settings, including the Board of Elders at Holy Cross in Fort Wayne when I came there in 1993. The use of NGT gave the Board an opportunity to clarify its expectations of me in my service as senior pastor. We started out with 30 items (all valid and good aspects of pastoral work) and ended up with nine top-priority items. The Board said, in effect, “We expect you to focus your energy, attention, and influence primarily on these nine items. We pledge ourselves to work with you.” That action proved to be a watershed moment influencing and shaping our work together for years to come.

 

NGT and Delphi are well and clearly explained in the 1975 book by A. L. Delbecq and A. H. VandeVen titled Group Techniques for Program Planning. When you do the Google search you will find a number of helpful and useful summaries of NGT.  I do suggest the book for the most comprehensive description of NGT and Delphi. (Most likely you will not have a need for Delphi, but it might come in handy in some situations.)

 

God bless you in your faithful service in His name, by His power, to His glory!