Wednesday, June 15, 2011
M is for Manzi
Greetings Bloggy Friends. I'll be writing a post every day, beginning with the letters of my name .....MANZI, from Stephanie's Blog Challenge, What's so Random..
When I danced, Manzi was my stage name so my posts will be connected to dancing.
(Hey, It's all I know :)
My first letter is M for Mambo.
Exciting and wild, Mambo offers beautiful hip shaking. The high-energy dance originated in Cuba, a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Latin American cultures, possibly getting it's name after Voodoo priests.
The dance offers distinctive hip movements, side steps, rock steps, points, kicks and flicks. The count is a 4/4 beat but in dance terms it's Quick, Quick, Slow. A slow is really 2 beats. The slow is what gives the undulating pause.
Some people say the Mambo and Salsa are the same but if you listen to some of the early Mambo greats, Beny More, Tito Rodriguez or Tito Puente you can find a big distinction.
I can remember the Mambo craze from the 50's when it was introduced in the U.S. by some of our popular musicians, Stan Getz, Jelly Roll Morton, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong.
Below is a BBC video showing some sizzling Mambo dancers