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Rhythms of Latin America: Bachata Posted by on Feb 25, 2021

There is a name that is today a synonym of modern Latin dance: bachata, which goes hand in hand with salsa and merengue as the high representatives of Latin American pop music all around the world. Where did bachata come from? It was born in the Dominican Republic’s countryside during the first half of the…

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Rhythms of Latin America: Rock en Español Posted by on Jan 29, 2021

If there is one music style that was popularized like lightning throughout the 20th century everywhere in the Spanish-speaking world, that would definitely be the rock genre, one that is known today as an unmistakable part of the popular culture from Spain and Latin America. Rock became widespread known to Hispanics from the 1950s onward…

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Top Spanish Songs of 2020 Posted by on Jan 28, 2021

There were a lot of things about 2020 that sucked. The year wasn’t all bad, though. At least we had some good music to get us through the tough times! As I always like to do, I’m counting down some of the top Spanish songs of 2020. I’ll share the music videos as well as…

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Rhythms of Latin America: Merengue Posted by on Jan 27, 2021

To talk about merengue is to talk about a Caribbean music genre with an irresistible power to draw everyone—from Caracas to New York—to the dancefloor. With its roots deep within the Dominican Republic’s colonial past, merengue emerged near the midpoint of the 19th century as a staple of the rural class expanding to the country’s…

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Rhythms of Latin America: Gaita Zuliana Posted by on Dec 28, 2020

The gaita is one of the most important components of Venezuela’s musical heritage, as it has been representing since decades two very distinctive elements: the Zulian culture as a whole and the nationwide celebration of Christmas and the New Year’s Eve. As is the case for other Latin-American genres, Zulian gaita’s history began as a…

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Rhythms of Latin America: Tango Posted by on Dec 21, 2020

To talk about tango is to plunge into a rhythmic, intimate journey from Argentina and Uruguay to the rest of the world. Tango was born as a social dance at the end of the 19th century from the slums of Buenos Aires and Montevideo. As many other Latin American musical styles, it was nurtured by…

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Rhythms of Latin America: Salsa Posted by on Nov 30, 2020

Salsa is one of the most representative music genres from Latin America, the best possible fusion of traditional Caribbean music and Latin jazz. (“Llorarás”, from Oscar D’León and La Dimensión Latina band -1975-)   This musical style originated in the Caribbean region, going on a round trip to the Spanish-speaking communities of New York and…

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