Saturday, October 5, 2013

Latin Music and Dance

Yes, I keep reading about Africa and a lot of mumbo jumbo about Latin music and dance being of African descent. From a long time ago, when the first illegals arrived, the natives acquired disrespect. The Spanish ignored the advanced civilizations in Mexico and Peru. Few people even realize the professionalism that existed in those civilizations.

"Ven, Devorame Otra Vez" por Azucar Moreno

The negro slaves came from many different sections of Africa. They could hardly speak to each other much less have the same dances. And most were kids with a limited amount of tradition. Mainly they were able to easily observe the Indian dances. And they acquired new traditions, what else did they have? They learn to dance the Indian dances very well and they loved it. They made small changes along to way, like everywhere else, to suit themselves. Many changes were dropped and new ones acquired.

Metal Maracas have been found in archaeological digs in Mexico circa 300 AD and yet some are still writing a lot of mumbo jumbo about Maracas coming from Africa. Africa saw maracas for the first time in the 18th century. The Mayans had professional dancers and musicians. Does anyone understand what that means?

"Me Faltas Tu" by Thalia

Today, the Samba is still the most African-influenced style of Latin dance. Most do not even have a hint that is was 3rd or 4th generations after the arrival of the slaves in the Americas.  The native Indians had rhythms similar to the beats and pulses of other humans in the world. Today it is still used in Brazil's famous annual Carnival, and danced predominantly by blacks, but it still is a modified Indian dance.

The Samba in the US and the UK is a different Samba and it was designed by Caucasian professionals. They say it is  correct and different and we cannot disagree with them. It just ain't "da reel teeng." The Brazilian Samba - we still have to learn in the world.