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Beny Moré

Artist Pages

...Leader of Banda Gigante, Beny Moré’s tenor voice defined, for many, Cuban popular music in the 1950s and early 1960s. Moré was born in Lajas in 1919; his great-great grandfather was rumored to be the son of a Congolese king who was enslaved...

Tito Puente

Artist Pages

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...Tito Puente was a bandleader, composer, and percussionist (timbales, in particular) in the Latin jazz genre. Also known as “the King of Mambo and Latin Jazz,” together with Latin jazz artists Mario Bauza, Machito, and Dizzy Gillespie...

Immigrant Music

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The number of first-generation immigrants and their descendants living in the United States has burgeoned since the liberal American immigration reform of 1965. In 2010, an estimated 55 million people (or 17 percent of the total national...

Timbal

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Commonly known as timbals in English, the timbal is a set of two drums, usually with metallic shells. It developed in Cuba where it is also known as paila or timbals criollos. The larger drum, known as hembra (female), is commonly 15 inches...

Sexuality in Latin American Music

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Two important characteristics of Latin American music are dance and sexuality, which together represent the importance of expressive rituals in Latin American culture. Though it has no prechoreographed movements, dance in Latin America...

Bongó

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The bongó is a coupled set of two drums, usually held between the player’s knees while seated and struck with the hands. Its two drums, the smaller called macho (male) and the larger known as hembra (female), usually measure around 7.25...

Hierarchical Reversals: the Interplay of Dance and Music in West Side Story

Bodies of Sound : Studies Across Popular Music and Dance

Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Integration of the Vernacular and Classical The iconic Broadway musical West Side Story (1957) was the result of a four-way collaboration between composer Leonard Bernstein, choreographer Jerome Robbins, playwright Arthur Laurents...

Mambo

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Mambo is an Afro-Cuban-derived song and dance genre that enjoyed widespread popularity among both Latino and mainstream audiences in the United States during the 1950s. Mambo emerged from the genres danzón and Cuban son and is typified...

Mambo

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Mambo is a dance music genre that originated in Havana, Cuba, during the 1940s and developed simultaneously but largely independently in Havana and in the US cities of New York and Los Angeles (both places with large Latin-American...

Puerto Rico

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Puerto Rico is a Spanish-speaking U.S. territory (4,448 sq. mi.; pop. 3,725,789 in 2010) located about 90 miles east of the Dominican Republic. In the United States, the number of Puerto Ricans is estimated at nearly 4.2 million. A product...