Y Me Siento Bien (Feeling Good)—Cubaneros
The new year, like many before it, promises to bring a fresh set of challenges for The Salsa Club and its dancing collective. The stresses of the workplace and the every day frictions of life are just some of the ways 2020 year will test not only the dancers who come to the studio to dance, but just about anyone strolling through this thing called life.
In equal measure, though, 2020 promises to bring many successes as well as new avenues of growth and self discovery for anyone willing to learn from their missteps. Few songs encompass the sense of positivity that 2020 engenders like the Cubaneros’ “Y Me Siento Bien”, the Spanish version of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good“.
La Murga—Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe
The iconic trumpet intro. It bites the ears. Then creeps to the shoulders. Then it slinks down to the waist. And, finally, the feet are trapped in that hypnotic rhythm. “La Murga” is one of the best salsa songs ever recorded and our ears pay diligent tribute to Willie and Hector.
At the studio during class, at work meeting deadlines, on the commute home, in the kitchen, cooking—there is no space that that PALO!’s “Al Monte” is not welcome. This song demands movement and rewards it richly (and repeatedly). It is an effortless song to dance to, and a must-have for the modern salsa head.
We have long been fans of ChocQuibTown. They make some of the best party music around. “Invencible” is another one that gets the pulse racing and dares anyone to stay still as it loops.
Particula—Major Lazer featuring Nasty C, DJ Maphorisa, Ice Prince, Patoranking & Jidenna
It is hard to believe that this song was released in 2017 since it is as irresistible today as it was then. Major Lazer assembled and all-star cast to make one of the most popular dance songs of modern times and this song is guaranteed to have a continued presence on our salsa dance floor and headphones for a long time to come.