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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

A Dance Through Time: The African Roots of Salsa and Samba

Ah, salsa and samba. Two dances that can make even the most reserved among us tap a foot or bob a head. These rhythmic extravaganzas aren't just a casual Saturday night affair; they are tapestries woven with threads from the African diaspora. Buckle up, LinkedIn fam; we're taking a groove-laden journey through history.

You step into a dimly-lit room; the air is thick with tension and hope. Is it a sales meeting? No, folks. It's a salsa club on a Tuesday night. Red and blue lights spin, caressing the faces of everyone, including José, a middle manager by day, a salsa king by night. Why does José, who can run a budget meeting without breaking a sweat, seem even more alive here? Perhaps because José is dancing to a beat that has journeyed through continents, endured the Middle Passage, and survived cultural extinction.

Hey LinkedIn, if you want to climb that corporate ladder, you also need to recognize the layers in your world, the different dances you perform—negotiating, networking, even the morning scrum. It’s like salsa and samba; at first glance, a swirl of color and sound, but with a backstory as compelling as any corporate saga. Both are born of resistance and survival, legacies of African rhythms brought to Latin America through slave trade. Feel the awe yet? You should. Imagine a melody so potent, so irrefutable that it transcends generations and geographies.

Now, here's a tip to keep that awe alive—incorporate a little of that history into your daily routine. Wake up every morning and listen to a salsa or samba track. As you lace up your “business-casual” shoes, remember that these rhythms were worn into existence by feet shackled in iron. As the brass blares and drums beat, remind yourself of the unquenchable spirit that gave birth to the dance and to so much more. LinkedIn, it will make your daily grind seem less like grinding and more like... dancing.

Consider the story of Ella, an Afro-Latinx woman who leveraged her love for salsa into her business acumen. Ella knew the origins of salsa, the mix of African, European, and Indigenous influences. She leveraged this knowledge into her marketing role, creating campaigns that had the same blended richness. The secret sauce? A dance through time from Africa to the Americas. Like Ella, we all are dancing through a complex choreography of life, careers, and global histories.

The dances of salsa and samba are not just social pastimes or entries on a Zumba playlist. They are complex tapestries that embody the triumph, pain, and resilience of the African diaspora. Dance, like business, is a blend of technique, history, and a touch of something ineffable. Whether you're closing a deal, or nailing that complicated salsa turn, remember: You are part of a dance that has been evolving for centuries, and it's one that will continue long after we've logged off our last LinkedIn update.

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