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September 2001

1

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

2
Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
3
Issac Delgado -
La formula
4
El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
5
Los Van Van -
El negro esta cocinando
6
Rey Ruiz -
Desde que no estas
7
Yuri Buenaventura -
Salsa Raï
8
Son by Four -
A Puro Dolor
9
Gerardo Rosales -
Una Salsa para Amsterdam
10
José Alberto -
Quiero Salsa

 

October 2001
1
(2)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
2

(1)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

3
(10)
  José 'El Canario' Alberto -
Quiero Salsa
4
(5)
  Los Van Van -
El negro esta cocinando
5
(3)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
6
(4)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
7
(-)
  Puerto Rican Power -
Pena de Amor
8
(-)
  Africando -
Betece
9
(-)
  Son by Four -
Poca Mujer
10
(6)
  Rey Ruiz -
Desde que no estas

 

November 2001
1
(3)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
Initallly, everybody played this song from El Canario laster album. Now some of the other songs are starting to get attention: Amada Mia, Fatima, and Ya No Quiero Tu Querer.
2
(1)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
This must be one of the most popular Salsa songs in recent times. It is a cover of a pop song from the early seventies. The Salsa version is from 1999.
3

(3)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

Gilberto Santa Rosa last album Intenso was one of the best in his long career. This is without a doubt the most popular song from that album, although the song Advertencia is now also starting to catch on.
4
(5)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
La Formula appeared on Issac Delgado's superb last album. Issac has perhaps the most popular Cuban band at the moment. Another popular tune is El pregon del chocolate.
5
(6)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico's new CD is one of their better ones in recent times. Other popular songs from the CD are Me Liberé and El Amor es Ciego.
6
(8)
  Africando All Stars -
Betece
Africando's album from last year has many good songs, and every DJ has his or her own favorite. Some other popular songs are Mandali, Miye na we and Ntoman.
7
(4)
  Los Van Van -
El negro esta Cocinando
When the album Llego Van Van.. came out two years ago, Temba, Tumba, Timba was the most popular song. Now after two years, it must be El negro. This is my all time favorite album by the way.
8
(-)
  Viento de Agua -
Lo que le gusta a la gente
This song from the not so well-known Puerto Rican band Viento de Agua is from 1998. It only recently got 'hot' in Amsterdam. The song has a very catchy repeating bass line, reminiscent of the old Los Van Van.
9
(-)
  Michel Batista -
Candela
Michel Batista from the Dominican Republic has released a strong up-tempo Salsa album this year. Another song that is being played a lot is 'La Rumba'.
10
(-)
  Orquesta Tabaco Y Ron -
Que se sepa
Orquesta Tabaco Y Ron plays mostly covers of well-known Salsa songs. Perhaps a bit limiting, but their arrangements are often very good. This song has a lot of nice breaks for dancing.

 

December 2001
1
(1)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
 
2

(3)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

 
3
(2)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
 
4
(4)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
 
5
(10)
  Orquesta Tabaco Y Ron -
Que se sepa
 
6
(5)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
 
7
(9)
  Michel Batista -
Candela
 
8
(-)
  Tony Vega -
Mi Swing
This tune of Tony Vega's last CD is starting to catch on.
9
(8)
  Viento de Agua -
Lo que le gusta a la gente
 
10
(6)
  Africando All Stars -
Betece
 

 

January 2002
1

(2)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

 
2
(3)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
 
3
(1)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
 
4
(4)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
 
5
(6)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
 
6
(5)
  Orquesta Tabaco Y Ron -
Que se sepa
 
7
(9)
  Michel Batista -
Candela
 
8
(8)
  Tony Vega -
Mi Swing
 
9
(-)
  Jesus Alejandro "El Niño" -
A Bailer
The new old-school Salsa album by Jesus Alejandro contains some great songs for dancing, including 'A Bailar'.
10
(-)
  Marc Anthony -
Celos
Marc Anthony is back with a 100% Salsa Romantica CD. The opening track is the most popular tune.

 

February 2002
1

(1)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

 
2
(2)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
 
3
(3)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
 
4
(4)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
 
5
(5)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
 
6
(9)
  Jesus Alejandro "El Niño" -
A Bailer
 
7
(-)
  Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad -
Guaguancó con Rumba
Johnny Polanco has had one big hit on his previous CD: La Receta. This song is the most popular from the new CD. Another popular track is Xiomara.
8
(10)
  Marc Anthony -
Celos
 
9
(-)
  Haila Mompie - Sopita en Botella
Haila shows off her singing talents in her tribute to Celia Cruz. Another popular tune is Nadie se salve de la Rumba.
10
(-)
  La Charanga Habanera -
Mambo # Cuba
The last CD from Charanga really smokes and it has some superb dance tunes. Unfortunately, it has been mostly ignored by the DJs here..

 

April 2002
1
(2)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
 
2

(1)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

 
3
(7)
  Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad -
Guaguancó con Rumba
 
4
(3)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
 
5
(4)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
 
6
(10)
  Marc Anthony -
Celos
 
7
(5)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
 
8
(-)
  Edwin Bonilla - Con tu moviemiento
This song was an insider's tip with some DJs who had a pre-release copy. Now the album has been released to the rest of the world and it is indeed a very danceble song with a great percussion solo.
9
(-)
  Quinto Mayor -
Agua de clavelito
Another 'easy dancing' album by the Galé clan. Classic New York Salsa from the 70s in the Colombian style.
10
(-)
  César 'Pupy' Pedroso - Juegala
Pianist Pupy has left Los Van Van and released a superb album in the Los Van Van style.

 

May 2002
1
(8)
  Edwin Bonilla - Con tu moviemiento

Edwin Bonilla new CD has som great Salsa Dura tracks with a lot percussion. Besides this track, other populars ones are Yo soy la Candela and the super fast Recordando Las Descargas. This last song is a bit to much for the dance floor if you ask me..

2
(3)
  Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad -
Guaguancó con Rumba
 
3
(1)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
 
4

(2)

 

Gilberto Santa Rosa -
La Agarro Bajando

 
5
(4)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
 
7
(-)
  Puerto Rican Power -
Me Tiene Loco

Not really new, but this song from the last year's Puerto Rican Power album is played a lot at the moment.

6
(5)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
 
8
(7)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
 
9
(9)
  Quinto Mayor -
Agua de clavelito
Another 'easy dancing' album by the Galé clan. Classic New York Salsa from the 70s in the Colombian style.
10
(-)
  Manolito y su Trabuco - Tu Me Dijiste Mentiras
Manolito is back with an excellent Cuban Salsa album.

 

June 2002
1
(1)
  Edwin Bonilla - Con tu moviemiento

 

2
(7)
  Puerto Rican Power -
Me Tiene Loco

 

3
(2)
  Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad -
Guaguancó con Rumba
 
4
(5)
  José Alberto 'El Canario' -
Quiero Salsa
 
5
(10)
  Manolito y su Trabuco - Tu Me Dijiste Mentiras
 
6
(6)
  Issac Delgado -
La formula
 
7
(3)
  Carlos Oliva -
Vehicle (Tu Carrito)
 
8
(8)
  El Gran Combo -
Viva Puente
 
9

(-)

 

Sonora Carruseles
Noche de Rumba

Sonora Carruseles is one of the most popular Salsa bands of recent years. On the new album they continue where they left of on the last album: with easy danceable versions of classic Salsa songs.
10
(-)
  Alex Wilson
Anglo Cubano
Alex Wilson's Anglo Cubano album is a mixture of Salsa and Jazz. This song, however, is straight up-tempo Salsa.

 

Salsa Dance Top 10 - May 2003

1 (1)

Los Van Van
Tim-Pop Con Birdland

2 (-)
Charlie D'Cali
Salsa Brava
3 (2)
Angel Bonne -
Pura Vestimenta
4 (-)
Yuri Buenaventura -
Palo y cuero
5 (3)
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Mama Guela
6 (6)
Oscar De Leon
Bailando Con Ella
7 (4)
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Tanto Que Te Quiero
8 (5)
Raulin Rosendo -
De Aqui Pa'lla
9 (7)
La Timba Loca -
La Maritú
10 (9)

Grupo Niche -
Salao

 

Salsa Dance Top 10 - November 2003
1 (2)
Adalberto Alvarez -
Para Bailar Casino
Very catchy dance track about Casino dancing from the new Adalberto Alvarez. I think this album is perhaps his best one in recent years.
2 (3)
Eddie Palmieri
La voz del caribe
Eddie Palmieri's last album features this great 70s style Salsa song. The rest of the album is also quite good, although it may be a bit jazzy for some.
3 (-)
Tabaco y Ron
Te lo dije
Great dance-floor-filler from the new Tabaco y Ron album. The album is recommended as well.
4 (7)
Mamborama
Ven a bailar

Not an easy pick since there are several good songs on this Cuban Jazz mix CD. Other candidates: Desda la Yuma and La Lucha.

5 (5)
Paulito FG
Hace tiempo
Paulito FG's new CD is great - after a few listenings. This is really just one of the tracks I like at the moment.
6 (5)
Orquesta Palabre
CubaJam.com
Fast up-tempo song from the new Orquesta Palabre. The breaks are perhaps a bit challenging some dance crowds. A more straightforward song is El Temblar.
7 (-)
Sergent Garcia
El Asalto
His recent concert in the Melkweg was disappointing. However, there is nothing wrong with this straight Salsa from the Salsa Reggae cross-over band.

8 (1)

Los Van Van
Tim-Pop Con Birdland

A very energetic song from Los Van Van latest live album (based on the Weather Report classic Birdland). Perhaps too hot for some parties :-)
9 (-)

Las Estrellas Cobo
El dulcerito

An up-tempo 70-'s style Salsa dura song from the new album.
10 (6)

Charanga Habanera -
Entra en mi vida

One of Charanga Habanera's more mellow songs: quite suitable for the dance floor.

 

DJ Eetu's Top 10 for 2003
1
Eddie Palmieri
La voz del caribe
Eddie Palmieri's last album features this great 70s style Salsa song. The rest of the album is also quite good, although it may be a bit jazzy for some.

2

Los Van Van
Tim-Pop Con Birdland

A very energetic song from Los Van Van latest live album (based on the Weather Report classic Birdland). Perhaps too hot for some parties :-)
3
Mamborama
Ven a bailar

Not an easy pick since there are several good songs on this Cuban Jazz mix CD. Other candidates: La Gata Loca and La Lucha.

4
Tabaco y Ron
Te lo dije
Great dance-floor-filler from the new Tabaco y Ron album. The album is recommended as well.
5

Las Estrellas Cobo
El Dulcerito

An up-tempo 70-'s style Salsa dura song from the new album.
6
Adalberto Alvarez -
Para Bailar Casino
Very catchy dance track about Casino dancing from the new Adalberto Alvarez. I think this album is perhaps his best one in recent years.
7
Yuri Buenaventura -
Palo y cuero
A duet with Salsa legend Cheo Feliciano.
8
Salsa Celtica
Maestro
The (only?) Scotish Salsa band continues to impress with its second album.
9
Sergent Garcia
El Asalto
His recent concert in the Melkweg was disappointing. However, there is nothing wrong with this straight Salsa from the Salsa Reggae cross-over band.
10

Charanga Habanera -
Entra en mi vida

One of Charanga Habanera's more mellow songs: quiet suitable for the dance floor.

 

DJ Eetu's Top 10 for February 2004
1
Eddie Palmieri
La voz del caribe
Eddie Palmieri's last album features this great 70s style Salsa song. The rest of the album is also quite good, although it may be a bit jazzy for some.
2
Mamborama
Ven a bailar

Not an easy pick since there are several good songs on this Cuban Jazz mix CD. Other candidates: La Gata Loca and La Lucha.

3
Willie Villegas y Entre Amigos
Moliendo Cafe
A nice version of this Salsa classic. The album is also recommended - Salsa dura with a nice touch of Jazz.
4

Las Estrellas Cobo
El Dulcerito

An up-tempo 70-'s style Salsa dura song from the new album with a great percussion solo.
6
Salsa Fever Orchestra -
Tu eres lo que quiero
An original mix of Salsa and rock and roll with a lot of swing.

7

Los Van Van
Nada Diferente (Ven Ven)

Great new Los Van Van song, not yet released but already available on the streets in Cuba
8
Adalberto Alvarez -
Para Bailar Casino
Very catchy dance track about Casino dancing from the new Adalberto Alvarez. I think this album is perhaps his best one in recent years.
9
Salsa Celtica
Maestro
The (only?) Scottish Salsa band continues to impress with its second album.
10
Ivan Caceres y su Bongolandia
Merecumbé
Yet another Merecumbe. The original Johnny Colon is still my favorite, but this version is an original interpretation.

 

DJ Eetu's Top 10 for May 2004

1 (7)

Los Van Van
Nada Diferente (Ven Ven)

Great new Los Van Van song, not yet released but already available on the streets in Cuba
2 (-)
Manolito y su Trabuco
Locos por mi La Habana
Another great album by Manolito. This track is my favorite together with En Este Juego No Noy.
3 (10)
Ivan Caceres y su Bongolandia
Merecumbé
Yet another Merecumbe. The original Johnny Colon is still my favorite, but this version is an original interpretation.
4 (1)
Eddie Palmieri
La voz del caribe
Eddie Palmieri's last album features this great 70s style Salsa song. The rest of the album is also quite good, although it may be a bit jazzy for some.
5 (-)
Tony Vega
Que Llueva Pa'Ariba
There are several good dance tracks on Tony Vega's latest album. No-nonses Salsa.
6 (8)
Adalberto Alvarez -
Para Bailar Casino
Very catchy dance track about Casino dancing from the new Adalberto Alvarez. I think this album is his best one in recent years.
7 (-)
Tirso Duarte
Tiene de Todo
A straightforward song from Tirso Duarte's first solo album.
8 (-)
Mamborama
Ven a bailar

Not an easy pick since there are several good songs on this Cuban Jazz mix CD. Other candidates: La Gata Loca and La Lucha.

9 (-)
Victor Manuelle
No Me Haces Falta
This song of the last Victor Manuelle album has some very groovy piano lines. I like this album more than his previous ones.
10 (-)
Grupo Gale
Mujeres
A classic up-tempo Gale style song from their new album.

 

DJ Eetu's Top 10 for August 2004
1 (2)
Manolito y su Trabuco
Locos por mi La Habana
This song is probably Manolito's biggest hit since Marcando la Distancia. The album is great too!
2 (-)
Jose Alberto
Mueva La Cintura
Besides some recycled songs, El Canario's new album contains this brand-new killer dance track.
3 (-)
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Un Gran Dia En El Barrio The new Spanish Harlem Orchestra is another classic - especially with Ruben Blades on vocals.

4 (1)

Los Van Van
Nada Diferente (Ven Ven)

Superb new Los Van Van song, not yet released but already available on the streets in Cuba
5 (-)
Son 14 - Fuego en la Maya Son 14's new albumn is a fine mix of Salsa and Son.
6 (-)
Tony Vega
Que Llueva Pa'Ariba
There are several good dance tracks on Tony Vega's latest album. No-nonses Salsa.
7 (-)
Rey Ruiz
Creo en el amor
Rey Ruiz is still looking for a follow up to his Desde que no estas hit from 2000. This song is a good attempt.
8 (3)
Ivan Caceres y su Bongolandia
Merecumbé
Yet another Merecumbe. The original Johnny Colon is still my favorite, but this version is an original interpretation.
9 (8)
Adalberto Alvarez -
Para Bailar Casino
Very catchy dance track about Casino dancing from the new Adalberto Alvarez. I think this album is his best one in recent years.
10 (-)

La Sonora Ponceña
Como Mango

La Sonora Ponceña's new best album is their best one in years. Another good track is Caprichosa.

 

DJ Eetu's Top 10 for November 2004

1 (1)
Manolito y su Trabuco
Locos por mi La Habana
This song is probably Manolito's biggest hit since Marcando la Distancia. The album is great too!
2 (-)
Jimmy Bosch
Llego la Hora
After 5 years, the 'inventor' of Salsa Dura strikes again with more hardcore Salsa.
3 (2)
Jose Alberto
Mueva La Cintura
Besides some recycled songs, El Canario's new album contains this brand-new killer dance track.
4 (3)
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Un Gran Dia En El Barrio The new Spanish Harlem Orchestra is another classic - especially with Ruben Blades on vocals.

5 (5)

Los Van Van
Nada Diferente (Ven Ven)

Superb new Los Van Van song, not yet released but already available on the streets in Cuba
6 (6)
Sur Caribe
Por y para Maria
This cool Timba-rap could be a breakthrough for the Santiago de Cuba based Sur Caribe.
7 (-)
Gilberto Santa Rosa
Son de Madrugada
This song start up mellow but ends up in unusually heavy for Gilberto Santa Rosa's style.
8 (-)
Michel Maza
Me sube la fiebre
The old Charanga Habanera classic redone in a more mellow style - which is good because the original is a a bit to Timba-ish for the average dancer.
9 (7)

La Sonora Ponceña
Como Mango

La Sonora Ponceña's new best album is their best one in years. Another good track is Caprichosa.
10 (-)
Ricky Gonzalez
Es mi Nueva York
More Salsa dura from Nueva York. The song reminds me of Alfredo De La Fe's Latin New York.

 

 

Additions, comments & questions to: ehautus@xs4all.nl
Edwin Hautus
(DJ Eetu)