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...The career trajectory of Rafael Cortijo saw the percussionist take Puerto Rican proletarian idioms and spread them across the island. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1928, as a youth Cortijo learned how to make his own traditional drums....

Bomba (Ecuador)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...In Ecuador, the term bomba denotes a musical genre that identifies the Afro-Ecuadorian population from the Chota Valley in the northern highland provinces of Imbabura and Carchi. It is also the name of the musical ensemble that plays...

Bomba (Puerto Rico)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bomba is an African-derived drum-dance tradition from Puerto Rico that incorporates call-and-response singing, polyrhythmic drumming and a distinctively percussive dance style. For more than 300 years, bomba has provided the foundation...

Bele

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bele is a widespread term in the Creole-speaking Caribbean, and refers to a number of folk or traditional dances and their associated music found from Trinidad to Grenada, Carriacou, St Lucia, Martinique, Dominica and St Thomas (Gerstin...

San Juan

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 442,447 (2000) San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is situated on the island’s northeast coast, on the Atlantic Ocean. Named after San Juan Bautista, it is Puerto Rico’s largest city...

Plena

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Plena is a primarily Afro-Puerto Rican musical genre that connects the histories of Puerto Rican workers with the broader struggles of the Afro-Caribbean working classes as heirs of the repressive experiences of slavery. Emerging in Ponce...

Latin Jazz

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Latin jazz is a genre of music that blends United States jazz performance, instrumentation and aesthetics with Cuban popular and sacred music percussion instruments, rhythms and improvisation styles. While the term can designate a broad...

Puerto Rico

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 3,885,877 (2003) Puerto Rico is the easternmost island of the Greater Antilles, situated between the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, and bordered on the west by the Mona...