Salsa Venezolana

Somewhere between the powerhouse salseros of New York and the exceptionally rich soneros of Colombia, there is Salsa Venezolana. Pretty much considered a national music in Venezuela, with Oscar D’Leon being the country’s biggest export. Although the differences in sound may be subtle to their contemporaries, it is said that the Venezuelan brand of salsa is more rooted in a Cuban son-ryhythm style. The piano intros are good examples of this, to the crooning/falsetto singing of both Carlos “Tabaco” Quintana and Oscar D’Leon.

I think I’ve run out excuses for not updating this site lately – but rest assured I’m taking care of business. Anyway, more music to follow. Please enjoy!

1. Tabaco y su Sexteto: Mi Pueblo

2. Oscar D’Leon: Bravo De Verdad

3. Oscar D’Leon: Tu Son

4 Responses to “Salsa Venezolana”

  1. 1 george August 29, 2011 at 6:02 am

    Wonderful as always but what happened to Mi Pueblo – the track cuts off after 15 seconds

  2. 2 josephfranko August 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    George I don’t seem to have that problem – perhaps trying to download it again. Thanks for all the support! Franko

  3. 3 Carolina August 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Hello friend: I do not know your name.
    In response to your comment about “salsa venezolana”, Oscar D’Leon is the most commercialized singer with his musicians and sometimes his sons, he es not the only one salsero in Venezuela, there are others much better than he is. When he was in the beginning with La Dimensión Latina at 1974, aproximately, it was better.
    Salsa is not the national music, instead it is joropo, salsa is popular music in Venezuela.
    Thank you for your blog

  4. 4 josephfranko September 1, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I agree with you Carolina – I said that is it “pretty much” the national music and the one most popular outside of Venezuela – I intentionally tried to play anything specific down. So sorry if I offended. I just play the records I have in my collection. I did post a Colombian form of joropo/musica llanera in the past – but that is the closest item I have in that genre. Anyway, thanks!!!! Franko

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