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CULTURE MIX; Salsa's rhythm won't be stopped; The genre's popularity might have declined, but the Salsa Congress is dancing once again.
Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.
Subjects: Latin music; Dance; Competition
Author: Gurza, Agustin
Date: May 31, 2008
Start Page: E.1
Section: Calendar; Part E; Calendar Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Albert Torres is a former drug addict and petty criminal who escaped from a dead-end life by becoming a music entrepreneur -- please don't call him a promoter -- best known for his global dance competitions called the Salsa Congress, a name that hints at his belief in the unifying power of the music. Divorced and in debt, Torres just kept on going, like the Energizer Bunny of salsa, a genre that has fallen in CD and concert sales since the 1990s heyday of Marc Anthony and the annual salsa festivals at the Hollywood Bowl.

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