This song has a steady and clear beat that can be used in class, either for salsa or casino de rueda. In terms of timba, it isn’t a hardcore song, and so is accessible to those more comfortable with cuban salsa/salsa. Those who do Argentine tango like this, so it has a broader cross-genre appeal to attract those who may be more comfortable with something other than salsa, which brings up something else. The song has an interesting twist to it, that some people either connect with unknowingly, or by recognizing it.
La Matricula seems to have a backbeat referring to “Peter and the Wolf”, a Russion children’s story, played by an orchestra, and written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. Each animal is played by a different instrument. It is a classic.
Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_and_the_Wolf
One youtube link to get you started: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILI3s7Wonvg
Giraldo Piloto of Klimax is also a pivotal figure in the Cuban salsa music scene, starting with the band NG La Banda, and to find out more about him and Klimax check out http://www.timba.com/artists/klimax and
As you can see one song can bring a wealth of opportunities if chosen well. Some other quick songs to throw out there are Nganga Kisi by Ricardo Lemvo from the Sao Salvador album, Tras Tormenta by Arnaldo Y Su Talisman, Chin Chon Chow from Snowboy AfroCuban Kaleidoscope. Perhaps, I’ll explore these and other songs in more detail another day?
So, when choosing a song I look to find something that hasn’t been played often in my area, or that is unknown yet still is accessible, broadening the community’s knowledge of the Latin dance/music universe. I also search for something that can appeal beyond just the core group of Latin dancers.