haitus | hʌɪˈeɪtəs | (noun): a pause or break in continuity in a sequence or activity.
Needless to say that the COVID-19 pandemic’s duration is a dampener of spirits. It has, throughout its devastating tenure, taken many loved ones away from us, stopped travel plans, driven numerous businesses to closure, and thrown countless people into uncertain presents and futures. This grave situation can only be endured with as much dignity and grace as each affected individual can muster.
The pandemic, among other things, affected dance communities by distancing dancers of all kinds and styles from their friends and communities. In the spaces and times that used to house dance studios, clubs, parties, and festivals, there is only the patient waiting for the earliest opportunity to return to dancing.
The hiatus, though, has not stopped the recording, production, release, or the enjoyment of good music. Recording artists have enjoyed increased creative output and listeners—those who are fortunate enough to have access to streaming services—have been treated to music that has, in some ways, helped to lighten the dark mood ushered in by the pandemic.
There have been numerous salsa hits produced for the hiatus and this list—featuring the likes of Tania Metus, El Gran Combo Del Puerto Rico, Leslie Grace, Victor Manuelle, and N’Klabe—curates some of the most recent songs one can enjoy as they eagerly anticipate a return to the dance floor.
Protagonista—Tania Metus featuring Obed Calixto
En Cuarantena—El Gran Combo Del Puerto Rico
Conga—Leslie Grace featuring Meek Mill & Boi-1nda
Boogaloo Supreme—Victor Manuelle featuring Wisin
Pa’lante Y Pa’tras—N’Klabe featuring La Tribu De Abrante & Farina