Expressions, words and their meanings.
In the course of time you will start coming across Spanish words and expressions that keep coming up. Some times on tracks off CD’s sometimes just called out when dancing., here’s a few to get you started. I don’t speak Spanish so if I have anything wrong let me know and I will just die with embarrassment and put it right.
Ahi Nama ! Expression with the meaning lets get going ! “that’s it” etc
Bolero Cuban Bolero is a slow dance( and music ), from Santiago de Cuban, pre 1900.
Casino The Cuban step used in Cuban Salsa and la Rueda de Casino. Comes from the dancing in Cuba’s Casinos.
la Clave The Rhythmic patten behind Afro-Cuban music
Conga’s Cuban drum, developed from African drums.
Cuba Libra Rum and Coke
Descarga Jam session
Eso es That’s it !!
Havana Club The most well know of Cuba’s rums, (made from sugar cane)
Manana Tomorrow, (the deeper meaning is ” not today “)
Mojito Cuban cocktail, rum based.
Musica Music ( House of Music – - Casa de la Musica )
la rueda Wheel
Son The predecessor of Cuban Salsa. Son dance and Music is still very popular
Tengo Calor I’m Hot ( common complaint in UK clubs )
Timba A style of music, a counterpart of Salsa