Bugalú, or boogaloo, as it is typically written in English, doesn’t belong to white Americans. It is the name of a few things, all of which have their roots in blackness, but I would like to write about the one with which I am the most familiar; el Bugalú.https://youtu.be/lanGvlnBt6chttps://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogaloo
El Bugalú was popular dance music, and originated as a fusion of multiple genres in Spanish Harlem, drawing heavily from more traditional Afrocuban musical styles such a son montuno and guaguanco, which themselves have roots in Western Africa. Contemporary American R&B music also contributed heavily, and there was a great deal of artist crossover, with lyrics in Spanish as often as they were in English.
It is a loud sound, with a lot of bombast. It is simple, lighthearted, and fun. It is slower than a lot of modern salsa, but as the rhythms and beats are essentially the same, a simple 8 count you can dance the same steps to it.https://youtu.be/TyO0yHNIOd0
If you watch the video, you’ll hear salseros, especially the ones at Fania Records, THE name in Cuban dance music for a VERY long time, speak somewhat derisively of it because of its musical simplicity, but personally I think that is what makes it great. It is less intimidating and, I think, decidedly more American, and that brings people in. Boogaloo made musicians like Pete Rodriguez and Joe Cuba household names in the late 60s.
As I said, boogaloo is more than one thing, but when I hear it, this is what it means to me: Cuban American dance music, with a foot in the African past that crossed over to put the plant the other foot firmly onto the face of the American mainstream. It would not exist without traditional or contemporary black culture, and emblematic in many ways of the great amalgam that is Latino.
i too enjoy the sounds of the bugaloo
You can really hear the 60s R&B in this one.
Boogaloo con Soul Ray Barretto
Ray Barretto is a guy you should know if you want to know anything about Latin music in America.