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...The Panamanian singer, actor, and songwriter Rubén Blades brought a new level of political maturity to the salsa landscape. Born in Panama City in 1948, Blades’s family was involved in the entertainment industry. Influenced at an early age...

Pindín

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Pindín is one of several sobriquets used to describe Panamanian música típica. Throughout Latin America, música típica is used to describe a country’s particular compendium of traditional musical styles, whether it is rural...

Reggae en Español

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...A remarkably global style, reggae is sung in as many tongues as places it reaches, and Spanish is no exception. But although Spanish-language reggae artists enjoy popularity in Spain and across Latin America, not to mention wider...

Panama

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,800,000 (2000) Panama is the southernmost of the Central American republics, a former province of Colombia that now abuts Panama’s eastern border; Costa Rica borders the west. The territory forms...

Cadence-Lypso

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The creation of the genre cadence-lypso is usually credited to the Dominican group ‘Exile One,’ led by singer Gordon Henderson, in the period 1973–4. Henderson defines cadence-lypso as a ‘synthesis of rhythmic patterns, Caribbean...

Central America

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Central America includes the nation-states (from north to south) of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Despite its small size, the isthmus encompasses an impressive geographical variation....

Salsa

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Salsa is an exuberant pan-Caribbean music and dance form whose trajectory has taken it from cultural integration in the Spanish Americas to adoption by distant countries, where Latin-derived culture has been imported. Originally an urban...