Salsa in Cahors and the Lot Valley.

May 22, 2014 by
Filed under: France, Living in Rural France 

Salsa in the Lot

When I came to Mas de Flory (Lot Cycling Holidays Cycling Base) in September last year I knew that I would sorely miss my weekly Latin DJ spot in Exeter and my many salsa dance friends, so it has been a pleasure (and surprise) to discover how active the salsa scene is here in the Lot. Most of this is down to a local association called Siempre Salsa (, which is based in Cahors.

The association is dedicated to promoting Cuban Salsa music and dance locally. They organise a monthly event at The Bordeaux, a popular bar and restaurant in the centre of Cahors. Like salsa events in the UK this attracts a wide age range, from teenagers to others closer to my own age. The music is mainly ‘salsa cubaine’, with a touch of bachata and kizomba. I’ve been along to several of the Bordeaux nights now and it’s always been really good fun. The dancefloor might be small, but the dancers (and there are lots of them!) are enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Salsa in Cahors

Salsa in Cahors

Recently Siempre salsa organised a live music event near Cahors. It was listed as taking place in the sports hall at Labastide-maurat, which is a village about 10 miles outside Cahors. Given the location my expectations weren’t high and when I arrived at the publicised opening time at 9pm they weren’t raised. There were 2 other cars in the car park and the organisers hadn’t a table set up to take the money. However once I got in I was confronted by an excellent sound and lighting rig set up on a large stage for what I was told was an 11 piece band from Toulouse called Cuba Libre.

And what a night it was! Between 9 and 11 the hall filled up with probably 300 people or more. The band were excellent and the sound balance excellent too. There were also a couple of impressive dance displays. When I left after midnight the band had finished, but the party was in full swing.

So full marks to Siempre Salsa for organising a great event. I only wish that my French was much better, so that I could have a conversation with some of the many volunteers in their Siempre Salsa tee-shirts. I would also dearly love to do a short guest DJ spot at a local gig – an aim for the future!

Salsa in Cahors and the Lot Valley.


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