Latin America’s rich but bewildering cultural mix of native, Spanish, Portuguese, African and a few other traditions has produced an astonishing variety of musics. From the dance rhythms of the Dominican Republic’s Bachata to the aerobics of the Zumba and from the Bach/Brazilian hommages of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras…
…to the Argentinian, Astor Piazzolla’s Nuevo Tango…
…the South Americans have used, blended and (sometimes) transformed their diverse musical cultures to produce a rather heady mixture that, for all its enormous variety, seems somehow or other to ‘belong’ to its terroir. It also exports rather well:
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