I come from an African Caribbean background. I've been influenced by a reggae church music style, contemporary gospel, and rock all fused together.
What really swings is the music of the United States, Cuba, the Caribbean and vicinity, and, of course, Brazil. The rest is all waltzes.
Musically, New York is a big influence on me. Walk down the street for five minutes and you'll hear homeless punk rockers, people playing Caribbean music and reggae, sacred Islamic music and Latino music, so many different types of music.
Because Caribbean music is now coming back into the mainstream, there are so many things that make this the perfect time to educate people on where this music, this vibe, and these dance moves come from.
You're that lady," Leo said. "The one who was named after Caribbean music." Her eyes glinted murderously. "Caribbean music." "Yeah. Reggae?" Leo shook his head. "Merengue? Hold on, I'll get it." He snapped his fingers. "Calypso!
Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.