Historian to explore roots of Salsa music, dance

Well-known music historian Eric Hall will explore Salsa music and dance during his lecture, “The African Roots of Salsa,” at the University of Missouri–St. Louis from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Century Room C of the Millennium Student Center on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hall, a premier Afro-Latino music historian and radio host, will lecture on the African roots of Salsa music and dance from the Afro-Cuban “son” and “montuno,” to the Afro-Puerto Rican “rumba” and “plena,” which make up what is now called Salsa.

His extensive musical knowledge makes him one of the few people in the world who are conversant on the rich, multifaceted influences and history of Salsa, in which the Afro-centric influence is paramount. He has traveled across the United States to share what he affectionately calls “salsa de la mata,” which loosely translates to “grassroots salsa.”

Hall currently hosts two bilingual radio shows at WITT (88.9 F.M.) at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and WHPK (88.5 F.M.) at the University of Chicago. Both shows are called “Radio Salsa Clasica/El Tornado Tropical con El Caobo,” and are available via Internet streaming and podcasting.

Along with UMSL, this lecture is co-sponsored by the E. Desmond Lee Professorship in African/African American Studies at UMSL, the Center for International Studies at UMSL and the Alma Del Ritmo Dance Company.

A parking permit is required for all visitors to UMSL.

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