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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...
...Nicknamed “Maelo,” and called “El Sonero Mayor” by Cuban singer Beny Moré, Ismael Rivera was born on October 5, 1931, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Rivera was influenced by the Puerto Rican sounds of music at a young age: his mother would sing...

Bomba

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Bomba is an African-related tradition consisting primarily of dance and drumming styles that were developed by black slaves in Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period (1508–1898). Bomba is based on a call-and-response structure...

Bomba (Ecuador)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...

Ecuador

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...Ecuador is located on the western side of South America, bordered by Colombia and Peru. The equator passes through the country, which is geographically diverse, as it has both a mountainous Andean region and Amazonian rainforest...

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...

Plena

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...

Bomba (Puerto Rico)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...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

Encyclopedia Articles

...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

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...