Why I Use Music by Non-Cuban Musicians During my Casino Lessons (and Why You Should, Too)

Not all Cuban popular dance music is timba. A lot of good dance music was made before the 90s. And a lot of it sounded like “salsa”–or rather, salsa sounded a lot like older Cuban music. The argument here is playing only Cuban musicians at workshops reinforces the divide that’s been created between Cuba and the rest of Latin America. By playing non-Cuban musicians alongside Cuban one, we can see that the music, before timba, is actually not that different.