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Carlos Vega

Artist Pages

...Carlos Vega, born in Cuba on December 7, 1956, but predominantly based in Los Angeles, California, USA, was a session drummer best known for his performances with singer-songwriter James Taylor. As a drummer, Vega made significant...

Jaime Torres

Artist Pages

...Jaime Torres was a composer of Argentinian folk music and one of the most prominent players of the charango, an Andean string instrument. Torres was born on September 21, 1938, in Tucumán, Argentina. After studying the charango under...
...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...
...Nicknamed “La Negra” or “The Black One,” singer Mercedes Sosa was one of the leading figures in the Nueva Cancion movement during the 1960s and 1970s throughout Latin America, together with Violeta Parra and Atahualpa Yupanqui. She...
...A second-generation interpreter of Argentine folk music, Peteco Carabajal helped bring the form into the modern era. Born in the Argentine province of Santiago del Estero in 1954, Carabajal’s father was considered to be the “Father...
...By incorporating elements from jazz and classical music, Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla revolutionized the traditional tango into nuevo tango, or “new tango.” Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921, in Mar del Plata, Argentina. However, his...
...Born Hector Roberto Chavero on January 31, 1908, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yupanqui was a composer, singer, and songwriter with native South American ancestry from which he drew inspiration (as well as his pseudonym and stage name) in his...
...Within the idiom of tango music, Carlos Gardél stood alone. Gardél was born in Toulouse, France in 1890 but immigrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina with his mother in 1893. Gardél took an interest in singing and dropped out of school in 1906...


Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music


Scholarly Books

...In Spanish, the term bombo can refer generally to any large, low-pitched drum from the concert bass drum or kick drum on a drum set to various folkloric drums found from the Caribbean to the Southern Cone. In the context of Latin American...


Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IX : Genres: Caribbean and Latin America

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Cifra is a form of solo song with guitar accompaniment that developed among male musicians in the sureño or surero (fertile southern pampa – lowland regions of Argentina and Uruguay) in the nineteenth century, and may still be found there....