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...One of the most iconic figures in Mexican film and music, Pedro Infante was born in 1917, one of fifteen children. As a young man, Infante, whose father was a musician, showed proficiency on strings, wind, and percussion instruments. His...

Chachachá

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...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...

Burkina Faso

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 12,207,000 (2002) Situated in the heart of West Africa, the Republic of Burkina Faso is bordered by Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d’Ivoire to the southwest. It has...

Democratic Republic of Congo

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 54,275,000 (2002) The Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) has borders with Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east, Zambia and Angola to the south, the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville...

La Habana (Havana)

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,192,321 (1998) As capital of the Republic of Cuba, La Habana (Havana) is the island’s largest city and most important economic, political, social and cultural center. Founded by the Spanish on 16 November 1519...

Banda de Bronce

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Music for bandas de bronce (brass bands) is found in many town squares throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, for example in Mexico, Cuba, Peru and Bolivia. Many of the bands are municipal bands, such as Mexico’s Zapotec...

Costa Rica

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

Continuum, 2016

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...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...

Charanga

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Charanga refers to both a Cuban dance music ensemble and the music performed by this ensemble, though given the general promiscuity with which early twenty-first-century charanga ensembles embrace a wide variety of dance genres, the latter...

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...

Cuba

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 11,237,000 (2001) The Republic of Cuba, the largest country in the Caribbean, is located at the western end of the region, in the Greater Antilles. It is strategically situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Mexico...