Salsa dura, also known as salsa brava or salsa gorda, is a style of salsa music developed in the 1970s with an emphasis on the instrumental part of the music (piano, bass, horns and percussion) over the lead vocals. The genre originated in New York, where large ensembles such as Fania All-Stars adapted the salsa genre to a descarga format. In modern times, bands like Orquesta SCC, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Wayne Gorbea, and Jimmy Bosch perform and represent the syle around the world. The term is often used in contrast to salsa romántica, the Latin pop-oriented subgenre of salsa that predominates since the late 1980s.
- Waxer, Lise A. (2002). The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. p. 6.
- Big Willie Style, a Metro Newspapers article on salsa dura/gorda and Willie Rosario.
- Making Salsa Dura Harder, an article on some of the history of Salsa Dura, and thoughts on its future.
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