The Mambo


The Mambo dance originated in Cuba. The Mambo was originally played as any Rumba with a riff ending. It may be described as a riff or a Rumba with a break or emphasis on 2 and 4 in 4/4 time. Native Cubans or musicians without any training would break on any beat. It first appeared in the United States in New York's Park Plaza Ballroom - a favorite hangout of enthusiastic dancers from Harlem. The Mambo gained its excitement in 1947 at the Palladium and other renowned places such as The China Doll, Havana Madrid and Birdland. A modified version of the "Mambo" (the original dance had to be toned down due to the violent acrobatics) was presented to the public at dance studios, resort hotels, and at night-clubs in New York and Miami. Success was on the agenda. Mambo happy dancers soon became known affectionately as "Mambonicks".


The Mambo craze did not last long and today the Mambo is much limited to advanced dancers. Teachers agreed that this is one of the most difficult of dances. One of the greatest contributions of the Mambo is that it led to the development of the Cha-Cha.


Popular Mambo songs include "Mambo Italiano", "Papa Loves Mambo", "Mambo #5", "I Saw Mommy Do The Mambo", and "They Were Doin' The Mambo". 'Dance City', the superb CD album featuring Hernandez and the Mambo Kings Orchestra, stands on its own as one of the best recordings of its kind in years, an energetic big band-style session that recalls the glory days of Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. Most people treat Mambo as a very fast dance. In essence, it is a slow and precise dance that doesn't move very much.


Song Suggestions:


Papa Loves Mambo by Dean Martin

Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega

Ran Kan Kan by Tito Puente

Mambo Tequila by Various Artists

Melao De Cana by The Mambo Kings feat. Celia Cruz

Johnny's Mambo by Dirty Dancing Soundtrack

I Love Mambo by Gloria Estefan

Mambo by Julio Voltio

Mambo UK by ÁCubanismo!

Mambo Jambo by Perez Prado And His Orchestra

I Got A Girl by Lou Bega

Hit Me Up by Gia Farrell

Crazy Foot Mambo (Get an ugly girl to marry you) by Various Artists (Harry Bellafonte)

Black Mambo by Angel & The Mambokats

Cubana by Mambo Kings

Mambo Napoletano 

Rum & Coca Cola by Xavier Cugat

Papa Loves Mambo by Nat King Cole & Various Artists

Mariana Mambo by Chayane

Moo La Lah by Celia Cruz

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