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Joe Arroyo

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...The Colombian singer Joe Arroyo began singing in his working-class community but eventually rose to become one of the best-known interpreters of Caribbean music in his nation. Born in 1955 in the northern state of Bolivar, Arroyo began...
...In being one of the first composers to adapt Colombian traditional idioms for an orchestra, Lucho Bermúdez changed the musical culture of Latin America. Born in the department of Bolivar in 1912, Bermúdez studied music in Santa Marta and,...

Carlos Vives

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...Carlos Alberto Vives Restrepo is a Colombian singer-songwriter and actor born on August 7, 1961, in Santa Marta, Columbia. He is known for his broad range of performing talents as well as his musical efforts within vallenato, a Colombian...

Cumbia

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

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...Cumbia is a dance music with roots in Colombia’s Caribbean coast, but has become popular throughout Latin America in various stylized forms. The earliest usage of the term dates to the late 19th century in reference to the music and dance...

Consecrating an Extraordinary Being: Fan Culture among Gilda’s Followers in Argentina

Religion and Popular Music : Artists, Fans, and Cultures

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Gilda was an Argentine cumbia singer who became widely popular after she was killed in a car accident in 1996. In this chapter, I will show how a number of people who identify as Gilda fans contributed to making her into a star...

Música Tropical

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Música tropical is an umbrella term found in many areas of Latin America to refer to styles thought to have a ‘tropical’ flavor, often linked to the Caribbean. It is a category used by the music industry in countries such as Mexico...

Música Costeña

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The term ‘música costeña’ literally means ‘music of the coast.’ The term is most current in Colombia, where it refers to music associated with the country’s Caribbean coastal region, although the term may also be heard in Mexico, to refer...

Tecnocumbia

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The term ‘tecnocumbia’ denotes a musical style that attained national prominence in Peru, and to a lesser extent other South American countries, in the late 1990s. Tecnocumbia artists perform music based partially on a cumbia template...

Cumbia

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Cumbia is the best-known Colombian genre and has been referred to as the ‘musical synthesis of the Colombian nation’ (Zapata Olivella 1962). The term refers to styles of music and dance. Cumbia has a ‘folkloric’ or ‘traditional’ expression,...

Chicha

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The term chicha is generally applied to a style drawing upon Peruvian huayno music, Colombian cumbia, and occasionally other Caribbean or Andean idioms, performed using electric instrumentation and ‘tropical’ percussion. Also...