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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...

Ritmo Orquídea

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Encyclopedia Articles

...In the early 1960s, Venezuelan composer Hugo Blanco created and developed a musical style which he named ‘Orquídea’ (‘Orchid’) after the Venezuelan national flower. Ritmo orquídea (‘Orchid Rhythm’) features the melodic and timbral essence...

Rumba

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

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

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...Rumba refers to a secular music and dance genre originating in Cuba among the primarily black and mulatto lower classes of Havana and Matanzas. The genre coalesced from the spontaneous and creative intermingling of West African music...

Celia Cruz

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...The Cuban-American singer Celia Cruz rose, during the mid-twentieth century, to become one of the most important and dynamic performers of Latin American music. Born in Havana in 1925, Cruz came from a large working-class family. Her...

Netherlands Antilles

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Populations: Curasao: 130,627 (2001); Bonaire: 16,000 (2001); St Maarten: 41,000 (2001); St Eustatius: 2,900 (2001); Saba: 1,200 (2001) The Netherlands Antilles comprises five islands in the Caribbean (Aruba separated...

Belo Horizonte

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 2,238,526 (2000) Belo Horizonte was founded in 1898 to replace Ouro Preto (old Vila Rica) as the planned capital of the state of Minas Gerais. Located...

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...

Martinique

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 381,427 (1999) Martinique is a French island in the Windward group of the West Indies, located between St Lucia to the south and Dominica to the north. It was first visited by Christopher Columbus in 1504...

Senegal

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VI : Locations: Africa and the Middle East

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 10,580,307 (2003) The Republic of Senegal is located in West Africa. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, by Mauritania to the north, by Mali to the east, and by Guinea and Guinea-Bissau to the south....

Mexico City

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

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...