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...Blinded at age seven by a kick of a horse, el ciego maravilloso (the marvellous blind) was born Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull in Cuba on August 31, 1911, but is more popularly known as Arsenio Rodríguez. Despite his blindness, Rodríguez...
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...As the international face of Latin American music and culture in the mid-twentieth century, Carmen Miranda emerged from Brazil to become a Hollywood icon. Born in Portugal in 1905, Miranda was christened “Carmen” as a tribute to her...
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...Throughout her career, Gloria Estefan was consistently innovative with her popular interpretation of Cuban music. Born to a middle-class family of Spanish immigrants in Cuba in 1957, Estefan’s father was in the Cuban military and served...

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...Known as El Divo de Juarez, Juan Gabriel developed an eccentric style that propelled him to international fame and a position as one of the most important Mexican singers and songwriters. Born in 1950 in Mexico, Gabriel was was part...
...Born on January 5, 1915, in Ceará, Brazil, Humberto Cavalcanti Teixeira was a musician and composer, notably known for his works with fellow composer Luiz Gonzaga. At an early age, Teixeira first learned to play the bandolim, or Brazilian...
...Also known as “La Sole,” Soledad Pastorutti is an Argentinean folk singer who is responsible for the revival of Argentinean folk music in the twenty-first century. She is also a film and TV actress and sister of singer Natalia Pastorutti...
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...The Panamanian singer, actor, and songwriter Rubén Blades brought a new level of political maturity to the salsa landscape. Born in Panama City in 1948, Blades’s family was involved in the entertainment industry. Influenced at an early age...
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...Voted number twenty in the 2015 Rolling Stone list of 100 Greatest Guitarists, Carlos Santana has experienced popularity and critical acclaim from the very beginning. He has earned ten Grammy Awards for his musical performances throughout...
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...João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist. During the 1950s, Gilberto pioneered the sound of bossa nova, a style of Brazilian music that combines salsa with jazz. Credit for pioneering bossa...
...As a singer-songwriter and visual artist, Dorival Caymmi provided a significant contribution to the birth of bossa nova in Brazil and its adjacent art forms. Born in Salvador in 1914, Caymmi began to perform on the radio in 1930...