There is a lot to write about salsa history, but don't worry, we will keep it short and simple.
Salsa is the result of a musical evolution of various types of Latin rhythms. Salsa is also a dance style which combines many different cultural genres.
The term "Salsa" was created in New York. The dance style has an Hispanic origin and was cultivated in New York.
The term refers to a variety of Hispanic musical styles: Rhumba, Són Montuno, Guaracha, Mambo, Cha cha cha, Danzón, Són, Guguanco, Cubop, Guajira, Charanga, Cumbia, Plena, Bomba, Festejo, Merengue, among others.
Many of these have maintained their individuality and others were mixed creating "Salsa". We can therefore conclude that not one single country or culture can take the credit for the existence of Salsa.
Willie Colón a Nuyorican, born in the South Bronx, New York, to Nuyorican Puerto Rican parents from Puerto Rican grandparents. He picked up the trumpet from a young age, and later switched to trombone, inspired by the all-trombone sound of Mon Rivera and Barry Rogers. He spent some summers at his maternal grandmother’s sister’s (La finca de Celín y Ramón) farm in the outskirts of Manatí, Puerto Rico on the road to neighboring Ciales, Puerto Rico.
At the age of 15 he was signed to Fania Records and at 17 he recorded his first album, which ultimately sold more than 300,000 copies. Due to fortuitous events, the main record producer at Fania at the time, Johnny Pacheco, recommended Héctor Lavoe to him.
Born Marco Antonio Muniz on September 16, 1968, in New York City, Marc Anthony went on to international fame as a singer, actor, and songwriter. Getting his start as a backup singer for acts such as Menudo and the Latin Rascals, Anthony became a headliner when his style shifted to a more Spanish-based sound. In 2004, Anthony married Jennifer Lopez, herself a Puerto Rican singer and actor.
Armando Christian Pérez (born January 15, 1981), better known by his stage name Pitbull, is a Cuban American recording artist and Latin Grammy winning rapper from Miami, Florida. He has released seven albums and one EP. His first recorded mainstream performance was on a solo track from Lil Jon's 2002 album Kings of Crunk, which featured Pitbull rapping over Jon's production.