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After two months voting by the public and the verdicts of expert judges, The Latin UK Awards 2016/17 announces the winners of the Dance categories.
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From village pubs to Saturday night television, Latin dances are captivating UK audiences more than ever before. It’s time to recognise the real stars of the show – from Tango and Salsa to Samba and Flamenco. London’s Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities are well into their second and...
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The contribution of Colombian immigration to UK culture is impossible to ignore. As far back as 1975, Guardian writer Richard Williams described the Monday night when salsa king Héctor Lavoe took to the stage in a grotty London pub full of Colombians and, “for a couple of hours it seemed like the...
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Everyone knows the legendary tunes that came out of Fania. Like all empires, Fania’s went into decline after the 1990s. For many years the catalogue of iconic albums that sold millions, made superstars of Latin artists such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente and amassed music fans around the world lay...
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Salsa promoters and musicians alike are lamenting the demise of live Salsa music as a culture and commodity people will pay to see. Some even blame the salsa dance and club culture which, they say, got cliquey with its over-technical criteria and hierarchy. In this investigation we explore the...
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In Part two of her response to the article 'Did Salsa dancers KIll Salsa Music', Kerry Ribchester argues that Britain's love affair with Salsa (Cuban salsa at least) has not died but evolved. Like with any true love, there are diferent stages: after an initial craze a deeper...
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Earlier this year we published a piece 'Did Salsa Dancers Kill Salsa Music?' which generated much controversy. In a passionate response, Kerry Ribchester argues that we haven't killed Salsa, we are more in love with it, and on a deeper level, than ever. The problem is one of...
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Ever since Yanet Fuentes, the only Latin American ever to grace the UK’s prime-time talent shows, left the BBC’s 'So You Think You Can Dance', the blogosphere has been awash with outrage at judge Sisco Gomez's comment. The Colombian-Brit’s conspicuously personal attack as Yanet...
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