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The Origins of Salsa at The Scotch Plains Library

By BARBARA BROWN

September 24, 2012 at 3:30 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – On Sunday afternoon the Scotch Plains Library hosted Jose Obando and his presentation on the Origins of Salsa as a way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage.

Mr Obando is one of the incorporators of the Salsa Museum in Spanish Harlem and its former executive director. He is currently the executive director of the Lubona Corporation, an education consultancy that presents museum programs about the development of the folkloric musical genres in the Spanish speaking Caribbean. 

The audience was treated to folkloric music from the Dominican Republic, Bolero and various styles of Salsa. Various instruments were introduced and demonstrated. There was a dance lesson that included the basic steps of the Meringue. The history of Salsa was discussed, and there was a question and answer segment.

This program was the first of four musical programs called Sunday Sounds. The next installment will be on October 21 at 2 pm and will showcase the NJSO String Duo.  On November 18 at 2 pm will feature the David Aaron Trio and the series will conclude on December 2 with the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School Chamber Choir.

Please go to www.scotlib.org to see all of the free upcoming programs.