Firstly – in the state of Michigan, it is legal to carry an exposed weapon making Detroit one of this country’s heavily armed cities in the country. It follows Chicago in murders. Also, over the last 20 years Detroit has seen a mass exodus, losing 2/3 of its population due to urbanization, corruption, industrial restructuring and the decline of it’s auto and related industry – those who stayed loves the city too much to leave or those who would leave if they could, but cannot. After 20 years of declining economic and steadily worsening urban decay, the city is now on the rise again, but gentrification is pushing out those who stayed behind.
Bugaloo linked Black and Brown neighbors & coworkers in fused musical unison.
Much like my own family throughout the 1940’s and 50’s, Puerto Ricans from the island poured into New York with a great deal of pride and deep musical/cultural roots. By the 1960’s however, young Nuyoricans showed only a tepid interest in their parent’s music. Distinctly Boriqua, they also identified with Motown and the soulful music of an increasing consciousness among colonized people, now in the urban ghetto. Just as iterations of Jamaican homegrown musical styles quickly evolved from ska to rocksteady to dub to what we now know as Reggae, Salsa music followed a similar genesis. Today’s musical biscuit gives a big shout-out to the Spanish Harlem of the late 1960’s until the early 70’s, when young New York City-based Latin and Black musicians gave birth to Latin boogaloo, setting in motion a musical explosion that soon became “the biggest thing ” in all the clubs in town.