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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...

Pambiche

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

...Pambiche is a Latin American dance form that is derived from the complex of dances that evolved out of the merengue tipico. It is thought to have originated during the American occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916–1924); the name...

Panama

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...As a passageway between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as the North and South American continents, Panama is largely defined by its geographical identity as the crossroads of the world. Panama’s history as a former Spanish colony...

Chachachá

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Chachachá (or cha-cha-chá) is a genre of dance music developed in Cuba in the mid-twentieth century. Its creation is often credited to a single individual – composer, violinist and orchestra director Enrique Jorrin – and although much...

Panama

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 2,800,000 (2000) Panama is the southernmost of the Central American republics, a former province of Colombia that now abuts Panama’s eastern border; Costa Rica borders the west. The territory forms...

Costa Rica

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 4,089,609 (2002) Costa Rica is located in Central America, sharing a border with Panama to the southeast and Nicaragua to the northwest. Like those two countries it has a Caribbean coastline to the north...

Central America

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume III : Locations: Caribbean and Latin America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Central America includes the nation-states (from north to south) of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Despite its small size, the isthmus encompasses an impressive geographical variation...

Salsa

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Salsa is a popular Latin dance music that has roots in Cuban music and blends a wide variety of Latin American popular and folkloric forms with influences from jazz and American popular music. The accompanying dance is highly stylized...