It’s not quite the Salsa song that you and I are used to dance to; it’s a fusion definitely tropical but also rather funky and Chicano-ish sounding. Still, the song talks about people like us – Salsa dancers. “Salsero” is its title, out of the Hip Spanic Allstars’ new album – OLD SCHOOL REVOLUTION.
Based in San Francisco, the group dedicated “Salsero” to its bass player, Frankie Navarro, who, according to the band members, is the “original salsero,” one who many years ago had gathered them together under the band name Sangre Nueva to play Salsa all over the San Francisco area. Along with Happy Sanchez, Karl Perazzo (Santana), Nobert Stachal, Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Dave Shul (Michael Franti and Spearhead), and Jay Lane (Primus), Navarro later formed the Hip Spanic Allstars, which branches away from traditional Salsa to create music that fuses it with Chicano, soul, and funk rhythms.
The recently released album (Oct. 26, 2018) is a unique work that also includes a few cha-chas – “This World is Made for Lover,”“La Boa,” and “Funky Cha-Cha-Cha” – as well as a cumbia – “Bacuna Wow Wow Wow.”
Listen to “Salsero” below. You can check out the rest of the songs and purchase them on Amazon.com.