The floor is open. Shall we dance?
All pictures from PBS’ America’s Ballroom challenge
The mambo is a Cuban musical form and dance. Mambo was the name of a Haitian Voodoo princess. It means conversation with the gods. The first music called “mambo” was written in the late 1930s by a Cuban composer. Instruments commonly used for mambo music are conga, cajon, bango, timbales, claves, upright bass, piano, trombone, trumpet and saxophone.
The mambo craze began in the late 1940s when a musician named Perez Prado came up with a dance to go with it.
Hit it Perez!
Mambo No. 5
Now for some modern mambo craze. This is a fun song and the video rocks!
The Mambo Craze by De Phazz
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wooooweee! This is the same guy as in the photo at the top, Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine (with a different partner).