What is more American than a bunch of immigrants coming to America, bringing their culture with them and redefining it in the United States. That’s why Salsa is American as country music. See this narrative for yourself at City Museum of New York, Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York
The story of New York salsa—an up-tempo performance of percussive Latin music and Afro-Caribbean-infused dance— is one of cultural fusion, artistry, and skilled marketing. Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York illuminates salsa as a social movement from the 1960s to the present, exploring how immigrant and migrant communities in New York City—most notably from Cuba and Puerto Rico—nurtured and developed salsa, growing it from a local movement playing out in the city’s streets and clubs into a global phenomenon. The exhibition also looks at the role of record companies and stores in supporting and promoting the movement, and salsa’s often-overlooked ties to activism in the city. Rhythm & Power features dance costumes and musical instruments from some of salsa’s leading figures, as well as audio and video that bring the sounds and movement of salsa to life.