Mambo and Cha Cha Cha

Starting in the late 1940s throughout the 1950s, the mambo, a descendent/pretender of son, a type of syncopated montuno was a dominate presence in the popular culture of the Americas and Europe. The Palladium was to become internationally known as New York’s most popular place for mambo music and dance. Controversy among Cuban ethnomusicologists regarding the origins of mambo does not diminish the excitement generated by the music of Perez Prado, Benny More, Arcana and Orestes Lopez. The invention of the cha-cha-cha is a precise accreditation given to Enrique Jorrin, the creator of the last-known variation of the danzon — the cha-cha-cha.