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The Many Different Types of Hispanic Music

Our presentation is focused not only the many different types of Hispanic music, but also which styles and instruments used in the genres as well. Each genre is entirely unique and popularity among them differ from country to country.
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Keyan Fahimi

on 28 November 2012

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Latin Music is a genre comprising of many different styles and rhythms from Latin America as well as genres from European nations such as Spain. Latin music is mainly defined by four elements: Music style, geography, cultural background of the artist, and language. Of all the 21 Spanish-speaking Latino nations there are certain ones that favor a specific style of Latin Music each unique in its own right. The Different Forms of Latin Music Nueva canción ("New Song"), Salsa, Tejano Music, & Latin Ballad are among the most popular styles of Latin Music (although there being many others) which is easily recognizable throughout the world. Our presentation will focus on the most popular forms. Salsa Salsa ("Sauce")is probably one of the most popular forms of Latin music. It is an energetic form of dance music characterized by different tempos of dancing but filled with enthusiasm, depth, culture, and variety. Frequent Instruments Used Salsa is essentially a mash-up of other genres piled up into one with a bit of popular American genres such as Rock and R&B which is often incorporated as well.
Originating from Cuban communities in New York; Salsa is a combination of different Cuban dance genres such as guaracha, son montuno, chachachá (rapid tempo), mambo, bolero (slow-tempo), and a few others from Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, & Columbia. Salsa In Action Salsa Dancing Breakdown As you saw from the video Salsa dancing is a very lively form of dancing. It consists of two partners, typically a man and a woman, dancing at a controlled pace frequently moving their hips and changing direction with each four beat measure. Salsa can be performed as an organized routine (such as in competition) or improvised which is often done at parties or other popular social gatherings. Nueva canción ("New Song") Nueva canción ("New Song") emerged around 1967/1968 from the Nueva trova ("New Ballad") movement that developed in Cuba during the 60s as well. It's a politically charged genre which started in Chile and Argentina where artists spoke about political injustices in their homeland. Nueva canción falls into the the category of Latin American folk music, but this subgenre of Folk music places emphasis on individual rights and rebellion through revolutionary movements. The charango (small 10-string guitar), electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and the panflute are the main instruments used in Nueva canción. Unlike Salsa dance isn't accompanied with this style of music. Victor Jara Nueva Canción was a popular form of music because it was politically charged with relevant themes of love, peace, and social justice. Chilean artist Victor Jara voiced his opposition of the social injustices committed by the radical right wing Chilean government at the time. As a result of Jara's political activism against the Chilean government he was shot 44 times by the government troops due to his involvement with staging coups and propaganda against the Chile. Due to this he is recognized as a martyr today in Chile and is easily one of the most notable Nueva Canción artists. Tejano Music (Tex-Mex) Tejano music is a genre of Latino music that developed in Hispanic areas of Texas, specifically by the Rio Grande river running through western Texas. Essentially Tejano is a spinoff of traditional Spanish music such as mariachis & bandas (however not with as many people). Structurally Tejano acts generally consist of bands, instruments, singers and sounds, and relies on the flute, guitar (especially the "bajo sexto" a Spanish 12-string bass guitar), drums and accordion. However, the structure of the acts can differ greatly. There are 3 main styles of Tejano music: Cojunto, which developed in the 1930s by Narcisco Martinez who combined the accordion, bajo sexto (12-string acoustic bass guitar), and drums, Orchestra consists of an electric guitar, synthesizer, and brass band, and Modern Tejano combines the first two styles but, with placing heavy emphasis on the synthesizer. Lyrically Tejano resembles folk lyrics dealing with personal troubles such as class struggles or love which are themes that helped the genre develop and gain popularity because they were very relatable for Hispanic communities living in Texas. Tejano Style Eventually nearing the end of the 20th Century Tejano music was catching popularity in other genres of music as well such as country and rock. Musicians were mixing other music genres with Tejano music and artists such as the Los Lonely Boys and La Sombra began developing and gaining popularity internationally. Bachata Originated in But spread throughout other parts of Latin America and some parts of Europe. Subjected towards romance, but also prevalent in tales of heartbreak and sadness. Original Name "Amargue"
-Bitterness- Very popular and also incorporated by many artists today including Aventura, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos We're talking about both music and dance. Latin Ballad Origination from Latin America & Spain Known as the most Dominant musical Genre in Latin Pop. As it being so difficult to establish the latin balladeers are often recognized as skilled singers such as the case of Luis Miguel. Bachata moves at the same pace as Latin America's most popular romantic ballad form. Dates back to all the way from the medieval period to today. The Los Lonely Boys are a very notable Tejano style band from San Angelo, Texas. Their lyrics resemble a type of optimism reflecting their easy-going disposition. Unlike other styles of Hispanic music, the Los Lonely Boys are an English-speaking group. maracas timbales Güiro Cuatro Pan flute
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