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...The Mexican songwriter Agustín Lara enriched the nation’s filmic Golden Age with a large array of songs in myriad styles. Born in Mexico City in 1897, Lara first came into contact with music while living with an aunt following the death...

Bolero Moderno

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bolero moderno is a jazz-influenced style of Latin American bolero composition that developed in Mexico in the 1950s. The new sound of bolero was immediately perceived as an attempt at modernizing the by then old-fashioned genre, bolero...

Canción Ranchera/Ranchera

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The genre commonly called canción ranchera (‘country song’), or simply either canción or ranchera, is regarded as Mexico’s quintessential popular music genre. Although this type of song goes back to the mid-1800s, the term was first coined...

Mexico City

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: metropolitan area - 18,100,000 (2000) Mexico City is founded on the site of the former capital of the Aztec Empire, Tenochtitlan, subdued in 1521 by Hernando Cortés. Despite the devastation wrought...

Acapulco and Guerrero

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Acapulco - 1,300,000 (2004); Guerrero - 3,000,000 (2004) Acapulco is situated on the southwest Pacific coast of Mexico in the state of Guerrero, some 185 miles (300 km) south...

Bolero

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Bolero is the quintessential Latin American romantic song of the twentieth century. From its starting point in Santiago de Cuba, bolero evolved into a cosmopolitan and international style taking full advantage of the new technologies...

Mexico

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 104,907,991 (2003) According to legend, when Spanish authorities asked Hernán Cortés to describe Mexico, the conquistador crumpled up a piece of paper and placed it on the table. Mexico is defined by its mountains....