by Liz and Tim @HuntSchoolMusic
Latin American is the term used for music from the Spanish or Portuguese speaking countries of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean islands. The connection to these European languages is as a result of the colonisation of these countries as part of the vast Spanish and Portuguese empires from the 16th to the 19th century.
It's not surprising that Latin American music is also closely tied to a number of Western Africa cultures, whose people were enslaved and transported to Latin American countries by European colonialists running the slave trade. This fusion and wealth of music traditions results in a vast array of musical styles associated with different regions, countries and urban and rural settings. This resource explores some of the musical features most commonly found in the best known styles.
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