Cuban danzón charangas started to perform the cha cha cha in the 1950’s, taking the last part of a danzón and elongating it to make it its own dance. The CHA-CHA-CHÁ gets its name from a rhythmic pattern with two quick beats followed by a longer one (CHA-CHA-CHÁ!) that veritably commands a dancer to cha cha his or her feet. One-two-CHA-CHA-CHÁ. Traditional “cha” bands feature many percussion instruments such as claves, cascara (side of the timbale), the conga drum and the guiro, all of which we’ll feature at some point in this message. About the cha cha chá | Watch “The Man of Rhythm” play the cha cha chá | Orquesta Aragon, which popularized the CHA-CHA-CHÁ, sure put on a great show
Cuban danzón charangas started to perform the cha cha cha in the 1950’s, taking some of the syncopation out of the mambo and making it easier to dance. About the cha cha cha
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