Salsa (Spanish salsa - « sauce ") - a musical genre popular mainly in Latin America and among the natives of it. Salsa incorporates many styles and variations , in the broadest sense , the term can be used for almost any kind of music of Cuban origin ( for example, cha-cha-cha , bolero, mambo ) . In a narrower sense, the term refers to a style developed in the 1960s and '70s by Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants in New York City and its surroundings, as well as its offshoots , such as salsa romance 1980s. This musical style is now common not only in Latin America but worldwide. Closest to salsa styles are Cuban mambo and sleep early XX century, and Latin jazz . Generally , the term " Latin jazz " and "salsa" are often used interchangeably , many musicians refer to both areas , especially with regard to the musicians of the 1970s .Stylistically salsa mainly related to the (African ) Cuban tradition , although it contains a Puerto Rican , Colombian and other Latin American influences, including pop, jazz , rock , R'n'B.Modern salsa mainly focused on dance, and is tightly bound with the same dances are performed under it . Recent years has grown in popularity one of the varieties of salsa - timba . This wave of popularity is also reflected in the dance style salsa.