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(säl`sə, sôl`–), American popular music developed largely in New York City during the 1970s; its name is derived from the Spanish word for hot sauce. It is a mixture of various elements: rhumba, mambo, chacha, and other Latin dance forms; Afro-Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latin American strains; rock musicrock music,
type of music originating in the United States in the mid-1950s and increasingly popular throughout much of the world. Origins of Rock

Essentially hybrid in origin, rock music includes elements of several black and white American music styles: black
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; and jazzjazz,
the most significant form of musical expression of African-American culture and arguably the most outstanding contribution the United States has made to the art of music. Origins of Jazz

Jazz developed in the latter part of the 19th cent.
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. During the 1980s the style also became popular in Miami as well as in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and Colombia. Salsa is chiefly performed, and often simultaneously danced, by singers, percussionists, keyboardists, brass players, and guitarists. Prominent salsa musicians include bandleaders Tito PuentePuente, Tito
(Ernesto Antonio Puente, Jr.) , 1923–2000, American musician, b. New York City. One of the premier composers and players of Latin music, he was a bandleader, pianist, and virtuoso percussionist.
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 and Eddie Palmieri; singers Celia CruzCruz, Celia,
1929–2003, Cuban-American singer, b. Havana. The "Queen of Salsa" began singing as a teenager, and in 1950 joined Sonora Matancera, Cuba's most popular band.
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, Rubén BladesBlades, Rubén
, 1948–, Panamanian singer, songwriter, band leader, and actor. He is a graduate (1972) of the Univ. of Panama law school and holds a masters degree (1985) in international law from Harvard.
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, La India, and Marc Anthony; and such instrumentalists as Ray Barretto, Willie Colon, Johnny Pacheco, and Bobby Valentin.


See Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities (video, 1988); C. Gerard, Salsa!: the Rhythm of Latin Music (1989); R. Figueroa, Salsa and Related Genres: A Bibliographical Guide (1992); V. Boggs, Salsiology: Afro-Cuban Music and the Evolution of Salsa in New York City (1992).


1. a type of Latin American big-band dance music
2. a dance performed to this kind of music


An earlier Windows application development system that used predefined, intuitively designed templates for common business functions. Salsa was created by Wall Data Inc. of Kirkland, WA, the same company that developed PC-to-host connectivity RUMBA software. NetManage, Inc. acquired Wall Data in 1999.
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The daughter of Dragonara Palace became the foundation mare for Stratford Place, and is ancestress of stakes performers Borehan, Classic Encounter, Master Of Passion, Maltese Falcon, Mystic Salse and Senior Minister.
balsas: boquera, golf mirra, canada, pinar alto, pontarro, salinas, salse ii, san cristobal, solana, downs, sierra oliva, pinar low, el puerto, monforme del cid, el carmen 220, cachares, bilaire, san isidro, the baroness, the moaire, house portillo.
There are only two Piccolo offspring worldwide out of mares by sons of Salse but both are Group winners: St Trinians and the Australian Express Wish, who is a daughter of a mare by Air Express.
The son of Salse didn't need further than 1m4f to show good form; he arguably ran his best race when second to Pentire in the 1996 King George and was the winner of the 1m2f Dante Stakes at three.
The son of Salse returns a 28 per cent winners to runners strike-rate over fences compared to 17 per cent over hurdles.
Dam placed twice in England, had only 3 foals before export to Japan, half-sister to Salse (Gr1 winner) and Carnival Baby (winner, Gr2- placed).
The foal, by My Emma's sire Marju and out of the Salse mare Just Dreams, was born on Saturday.
The daughter of Salse, bred by Wickfield Stud Ltd, was purchased by Marco Bozzi's Bozzi Bloodstock for 22,000gns in 1996, two years before her halfbrother, Hawksley Hill, left his British handicap form behind to become one of California's highest-ranked turf milers.