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...When the nueva canción movement became popular in Latin America, few artists combined political content and folk music forms as profoundly as Carlos Mejía Godoy. Godoy was born in 1943 in Nicaragua; his father was a popular musician...

Paranda

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Paranda (Spanish for ‘binge’ or ‘carousal’) is the popular Latin-American-influenced, male, social-commentary song form of the Garifuna of Central America. Parandas are accompanied on the acoustic guitar and are usually moderate in tempo...

Son Nica

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The son nica is a folk-rooted popular music genre based in the lowland region of southwestern Nicaragua where the majority of the nation’s population resides. It is almost always sung and, however many instruments might be included...

Volcanto

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Volcanto is a term invented in the early 1980s in Nicaragua to name politically and socially conscious music created on the Central American isthmus. The name comes from conflating the words volcán (volcano) and canto (song), inspired...

Palo de Mayo

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Palo de mayo (which means May Pole) is the modern reworking of the principal Nicaraguan Creole acoustic folk song form known generically as ‘song,’ but also called ‘mento.’ The clear similarities between Nicaraguan song/mento and Jamaican...

Miskitu Popular Music

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Miskitu people have historically been residents of the Atlantic coastal region of Central America known as the ‘Mosquitia,’ now the eastern coast of Nicaragua and Honduras. This region was informally colonized by England and later...

Volcanto (Nicaragua)

George Torres

George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The term Volcanto refers to protest song in Central America and is derived from the fusion of the two words, volcán (volcano) and canto (song), a term inspired by the many volcanoes that distinguish the natural landscape of western Central...

Nicaragua

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, bordered by Honduras and Costa Rica. The majority of Nicaraguans are mestizo (69%), although 17 percent of the population is white, 9 percent black, and 5 percent Amerindian. The culture...

Punta

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Punta is the most celebrated of the secular dance-song genres of the Garifuna of Central America. The name punta is also used to describe the duple-meter rhythmic motive, the women’s social commentary song form and the characteristic dance...

Punta Rock

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Punta rock, a popular genre of contemporary Garifuna music created in the early 1980s, is based on arrangements of traditional songs and newly composed songs that employ the ostinato rhythm of the older Garifuna genre punta, a dance...