[Music genres] What is Latin music? Subgenres and features

General

Latin music is defined as a very wide range of music, encompassing many genres. However, I don’t think there are many people who can say all the music genres that are classified as Latin music. Latin America is a place where many genres were born because of the large market and the history of the development of various industries.

What is Latin music?

Latin music refers to the music developed in Latin American countries where there are many Latino ethnic groups. It includes not only traditional music but also pop music. There are music in various regions such as Cuban, Caribbean, and South American, but it is a general term for them. Also, in the United States, there are many immigrants from South America, such as Los Angeles, and they are contributing to the development of Latin music. Latin music is strongly influenced by black African music. They often use African rhythm instruments. There are various genres of music in Latin music. There are many styles, some African, others European immigrants, and even indigenous music, with very diverse roots.

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Salsa music

In Cuban music, the basic rhythm is the clave, which is unique to South American music. Clave means “key” in Spanish. Salsa has its roots in 1930s Cuban music. It’s a very popular genre in the Caribbean.

Salsa Music

Bossa Nova

It is one of the Brazilian music along with samba. This genre is often mistaken for jazz, but is considered to be closer to samba. A genre that was very popular in South America in the 1900s, but has since declined.

Bossa Nova

Reggae Music

A genre that emerged in Jamaica in the 1960s. Reggae is a genre that is popular all over the world, and has various subgenres such as ska and dancehall reggae. It is also a commercially successful genre of Latin music that has resonated with the world as a whole.

Reggae Music

Tango Music

It is a genre that was born in the Iberian Peninsula around the 18th century. It originated in Spain, but spread to the Americas and became very popular, especially in Argentina. It grew to such a scale that the Argentinean Tango Dance World Congress was held.

Tango Music

Rumba Music

Rhythm directly descended from Africa that crossed over to Cuba. It became popular as ballroom dance music and spread widely in the 1900s. It is also known that the global rumba boom has occurred, and it is also a genre known all over the world.

Rumba Music

Meringue Music

Merengue is a traditional Dominican dance rhythm. In the early days, accordion, guiro, tambora, etc. were used. Later, the saxophone was added and developed, and a jazz-like style also appeared. Along with salsa, it became popular as dance music.

Meringue Music

Cumbia Music

A genre that originated in the Caribbean region of Colombia. There was also an orchestral melody that added trumpets, etc., and it became popular all over the world. Today, it is considered one of the most popular music genres in Latin America.

Cumbia Music

Cha-cha-cha Music

This genre was born in Cuba in the 1940s. Characterized by the rhythm of the guiro, it is a modification of the Cuban dance music danzon, and became popular in the 1950s. It became popular because it was easy for dancers to dance and they could take beautiful steps.

Cha-cha-cha

Mambo Music

Cuban rhythm that appeared in the 1900s. With the development of Cuban son and montuno styles, it became popular all over the world. Mambo spread to Europe and Japan, and artists who adopted this genre were born.

Mambo Music

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