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Nation's Only Salsa Museologist Brings Genre to Englewood Library

Jose Obando
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ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- The evolution of Salsa will be explored Tuesday at the Englewood Library with the former director of the Salsa Museum in Spanish Harlem.

Jose Obando will discuss “The 350-Year Evolution of Salsa” at 7 p.m.

Salsa is an American musical genre amalgamated by Nuyoricans (a combination of New Yorkers and Puerto Ricans) and Puerto Ricans in El Barrio.

Obando is one of the incorporators of the Salsa Museum in Spanish Harlem, which traces the development of salsa, beginning with the manufacture and use of percussion by the Africans in Caribbean colonies.

Obando is also the CEO and founder of Lubona Corporation, an education consultancy. His consultancy includes the Department of Musical Instruments of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Juilliard School, The Cathedral of St. Patrick, the NY Public Library and many other institutions.

He travels throughout the country, giving talks and playing Salsa music and often offering audiences an immersive experience.

Salsa was an undocumented Spanish Harlem musical genre until the incorporation of The International Salsa Museum.

Obando is the nation’s only museologist dedicated to Salsa.

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