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Beny Moré

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...Leader of Banda Gigante, Beny Moré’s tenor voice defined, for many, Cuban popular music in the 1950s and early 1960s. Moré was born in Lajas in 1919; his great-great grandfather was rumored to be the son of a Congolese king who was enslaved...

Tito Puente

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Mambo

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Mambo is a dance music genre that originated in Havana, Cuba, during the 1940s and developed simultaneously but largely independently in Havana and in the US cities of New York and Los Angeles (both places with large Latin-American...

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...

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...

Bolivia

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 7,982,850 (1999) Bolivia is located in the center-west of South America, sharing borders with Peru and Chile in the west, Brazil in the east, and Paraguay and Argentina in the southeast and south....

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...

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...

Costa Rica

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...