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...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....

Bomba (Puerto Rico)

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Bomba is an African-derived drum-dance tradition from Puerto Rico that incorporates call-and-response singing, polyrhythmic drumming and a distinctively percussive dance style. For more than 300 years, bomba has provided the foundation...

San Juan

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 442,447 (2000) San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, is situated on the island’s northeast coast, on the Atlantic Ocean. Named after San Juan Bautista, it is Puerto Rico’s largest city...

Plena

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...Plena is a primarily Afro-Puerto Rican musical genre that connects the histories of Puerto Rican workers with the broader struggles of the Afro-Caribbean working classes as heirs of the repressive experiences of slavery. Emerging in Ponce...

Puerto Rico

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 3,885,877 (2003) Puerto Rico is the easternmost island of the Greater Antilles, situated between the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south, and bordered on the west by the Mona...

The Caribbean Islands

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: ca. 39,700,000 (2001) The Caribbean Islands comprise an archipelago of 14 distinct countries and several more US and European protectorates. In some respects, the islands are best regarded culturally...