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What is the History of Afro-Latin American Music?
Transcript of What is the History of Afro-Latin American Music?
Moors of North American and some that were enslaved were forbidden from playing drums, but in New Orleans Congo Square, Caribbean slaves were liberally allowed to play their drums, which of course were not only for recreation and entertainment, but used as a means of communicating. These were considered talking drums, carrying messages of history, struggle, and unspeakable joy. All this was accomplished through the replaying of these traditional Moorish and African rhythms, sung on a drum.
Rhythms spread, developed, and canonized throughout the Caribbean, around the same time that another American art form was beginning its conception. This North American art form was also going to contain a rich cultural mix. It would incorporate blues intonation, African drums and rhythms, Indian cymbals, European instruments, harmony, and musical forms with a syncopated beat namely jazz.
During the times of slave trade elements in Moorish, African & Caribbean music were adapted to their music that many find most distinctive in its rhythms, which is believed to have brought an estimated two million people of Moorish descent, while in fact the Moors had domination and inhabitation for over 2000 years in what is now know as the west into the Caribbean Islands.
Where did the Afro-Latin American music come from?
The origins of Latin American music can be traced back to the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the Americans in the 16th century, when the European settlers brought their music from overseas. Latin America is comprised of different regions such as the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central and South America. Latin American music is performed in Spanish, Portuguese, and to a lesser extent, French.
Every country and every island in the Caribbean developed its own unique musical culture, be it folk idioms or a national conservatory styles. Four countries, namely Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico have had the most significant influences on music in the United States. These influences included Latin rhythms and/or dances that infatuated the United States, like the habanera, bolero (Cuba),samba, bossa nova (Brazil), tango (Argentina), and mariachi (Mexico).