If you’re reading this, it’s the day after my birthday and I’m sipping rum on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, hopefully not too hung over after salsa-ing the night away. Which is a great lead into my music writing soundtrack!

Now I typically don’t listen to music while I write. I find it too distracting. But lately, since I’m writing a book about a Cuban girl who dances, I’ve had to find ways to transport myself to Havana. Here are the three soundtracks that have been on repeat, helping me do that just that:

1) This video has some of Cuba’s most famous songs for traditional Casino Salsa.

2) This video features the two dance teachers I studied with in Cuba back in 2014, demonstrating a guaguanco rumba.

3) This video has the best samples of Bembe and Bata drum

But while I’m here in San Juan, I’m LOVING Despacito!!!!!

Author: Tiffany D. Jackson

Tiffany D. Jackson is a TV professional by day, novelist by night, awkward black girl 24/7. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Film from Howard University and her Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School University. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves with her adorable chihuahua Oscar, most likely multitasking. Her debut novel, ALLEGEDLY is due January 24th, 2017 through Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins.