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    "Dear Edie,
    Can you recommend some good Salsa and cha-cha-cha music for me? I want to start building up my collection and am not sure where to begin."
    - Newbee


    Dear Newbee,
    The absolute BEST place to get great club music, whether Salsa or Cha Cha is directly from the DJs. They're wonderful to work with (most of them), and will make you custom tapes with their favorite cha chas and Salsas for you. I used to spend so much money on CD's, and only find one or two good songs on there.* The rest of the music was just TRASH!!! I would get real frustrated too, because I couldn't read the labels, and didn't know the names of good songs nor artists!

    You can also ask the DJ to write the name of the artist and the song on the CD cover for you, just in case you want to get the CD. HOWEVER, most of the "great" music cannot be purchased anywhere in LA. They get it from "secret" places both outside and inside the country. The majority of it comes from New York, and from Cuba. Some of it you just can't get yet. I know of one DJ who has old Salsa - fast "rumba" music still on LP. That's why the DJ's are your BEST source, for the BEST music on planet EARTH.

    If they can't or won't help you (they guard their music like gold - which is unfortunate because when you ask them for the name of the artist and the song, they won't tell you - this does NOTHING for the struggling artist who made that song and is flat broke).

    ... sorry, I got off on a tangent.

    ok. Use Shazaam on your Iphone to find out who the artist and what the song name is. 70% of the time, that works.
    You can also give the DJ MONEY. I've spent $350 for a song once - it was a customized song the DJ put together, but that was "my cost" for that piece of music.

    I don't recommend spending that kind of money unless you're a pro, but handing the DJ some cold hard CASH helps IN MANY DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

    IT WORKS. Especially when they are playing some crappy music that night. I have spent over $100 paying off DJs to play some decent SALSA music at some of the clubs I frequent. There is NOTHING WORSE than music that dancers can't stand.

    Hope that helps!

    Happy Dancing!
    - Edie, The Salsa FREAK!!
    www.SalsaFreak.com
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