Nov 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: salsa

Watch Out Fi Dis: Major Lazer + Busy Signal On “Dancing With The Stars”

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You remember Winnie Cooper, heroine (and crush of 10-year-old boys everywhere) of late ’80s hit The Wonder Years? Well, as so many…post-fame celebrities before her, Winnie— aka actress and mathematician Danica McKellar— is taking her turn on the unfailingly popular television show Dancing With The Stars, now in its 18th season.

Last night Danica and her partner Val brought a serious dancehall moment to the typically ballroom-centric series, choosing Major Lazer and Busy Signal‘s “Watch Out For This (Bumaye)” as the soundtrack to their salsa routine. Salsa? Well, as we noted when the song dropped, it’s based on a sample of Wilie Colon and Ruben Blades’ “Maria Colonza.” The selection came as something of a surprise to the judges. Len, the show’s Simon Cowell, called the routine “a little pop-videoish” (if only he had seen the actual “Bumaye” video) while Bruno called it “ghetto fabulous salsa from the hood.” We’re just going to leave that there…

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You Rate It: Major Lazer + Sean Paul – “Come On To Me”

Words by Natalie Weiner, Photo by Kevin Ornelas—

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Major Lazer is certainly not hurting for star power on their upcoming EP, Apocalypse Soon. First we heard from Pharrell on the addictive track “Aerosol Can,” and a new collaboration with dancehall superstar Sean Paul has dropped ahead of the EP’s Feb. 25th release this week, just as Sean released his sixth studio album, Full Frequency.

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LargeUp Premiere: La Mecanica Popular’s “Arbol” (Free Download)

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La Mecánica Popular first caught our attention earlier this fall with their smart “La Paz Del Freak” video, a playful snapshot of Latin NYC life, past and present. The band, which hails from NYC by way of various Latin American ports of call, is on a mission to reinvigorate salsa with a sound experimental enough to deserve its own name, but traditional enough to pass purists’ test.

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Psychedelic Salsa: La Mecánica Popular’s “La Paz Del Freak” Video

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New York City has seen a lot of changes over the last few decades, and one of them has been the shrinking of the borough’s longstanding Puerto Rican communities, as newer groups move in and Boricuas relocate to the suburbs and other areas.

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Deeply Rooted: Dance Workshops with Juan de Dios + Raices Profundas

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Throwback Thursdays: Piccalo’s “T Shirt”

Words by Scott Brown

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