A popular musical style created in Cuba, featuring drumset and many new rhythms. Electric bass, keyboards and modern arrangements are also featured.
A specific rhythm invented in the 70's by José Luis Quintana "Changuito", in the percussionist era of Los Van Van.
( song goh) s a relatively new form of Cuban music that was developed in the 1970's by such groups as Orchesta Ritmo Oriental, Los Van Van, and Orchesta Changui. Songo is a combination of many elements, starting with Son, Rumba and American Funk and Jazz. Instruments used include violins and flutes, horns, electric bass, guitar and piano, congas, drumset or timbales, guiro or maracas and voices. Songo breaks free of some of the standard approaches to Cuban music and gives the conguero freedom to improvise variations based on Rumba, while keeping the Tumbao at the same time. Important names in Songo are drummers "Changuito "- Jose Luis Quintana, Daniel Diaz, Enrique Pla, and bassist/composer Juan Formell. American drummers such as Steve Gadd, Dave Weckle and Dave Garibaldi have incorporated Songo into their repertoires and now use it consistently in American music. Songo is a style that incorporates many rhythms.
Los Van Van developed what came to be known as the ‘songo' genre, making countless innovations to traditional son, both in style and orchestration.
Contemporary Cuban rhythm which is a combination of Rumba, Son and other folkloric styles. Its development has also been influenced by the American Jazz and funk styles as well as American approaches to the rhythm section instruments in these styles. Up to Page Top back to PLANET SALSA(tm) INTERNET MAGAZINE NIVERSITY of . SALSA(tm)
A fusion of elements of rumba, son, jazz and funk. The bands playing this style usually bear electronic instrumentation. The development of songo is attributed to Juan Formell and his band Los Van Van.
A contemporary, eclectic rhythm which blends several styles, including rumba , son , conga and other Cuban secular as well as sacred styles, with elements of North American jazz and funk.