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...From the 1960s through the 1980s, Puerto Rican salsa singer Héctor Lavoe helped to establish the form as a global phenomenon. He was born into a musical family in Ponce in 1946. Lavoe’s father wanted his son to learn the trombone....

Décima

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...The décima, a poetic form developed in Spain in the 1500s and brought to Latin America during the Conquest, consists of stanzas of ten octosyllabic lines. In the Hispanic Americas, décima is also known as espinela in recognition...

Salsatón

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Salsatón (or salsaton) is a hybrid, transnational music that integrates elements and artists of two popular musical genres with strong Puerto Rican connections, salsa and reggaeton (reggaetón). These two genres are among a number across...
...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....

Danza

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Danza is generally understood as a nineteenth-century urban Caribbean derivative of contradances introduced from Europe around the late eighteenth century. In various ways, local composers integrated imported contradance forms with elements...

Seis

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Seis (which literally means ‘six’) is a body of Puerto Rican song and dance that, like its close relative aguinaldo, is one of the backbones of Puerto Rican jíbaro or peasant music. Though much about its origins is obscure, seis...

Reggaeton

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Reggaeton (also spelled reggaetón or reguetón) is a commercially successful genre of music that developed in Puerto Rico during the 1990s and became increasingly popular on an international level throughout the late twentieth and early...