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...Johnny Pacheco is a musician, arranger, and producer of Latin music. Many consider Pacheco to have developed the new dance style “pachanga,” which, in turn, would contribute to the rise of salsa. He is one of the genre’s most influential...
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...Blinded at age seven by a kick of a horse, el ciego maravilloso (the marvellous blind) was born Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull in Cuba on August 31, 1911, but is more popularly known as Arsenio Rodríguez. Despite his blindness, Rodríguez...
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...As a musician within Cuba’s neuva trova movement, Pablo Milanés helped to modernize his country’s folk music during the years immediately following the rise of Fidel Castro. Born in the province of Oriente in 1943, Milanés and his family...
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...Formed at the Baobab Club in Dakar, Senegal, Orchestre Baobab became one of the preeminent dance bands in West Africa during the 1970s. When the club opened in 1970, six members of the Star Band, the house band from the rival Miami Club...

Tumbao

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...In Cuban music, tumbao encompasses the basic meter and rhythm pattern, harmony, and melody of a variety of major Cuban popular music genres although its character is defined and it is most importantly associated with the different...

Laúd

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The laúd or lute is a pear-shaped body plucked chordophone of variable number of strings. It is a direct descent of the Arabic ‘ud, a fretless chordophone with a bigger resonance box than its European counterpart. It generally has four...

Montuno

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The musical term montuno is applied to Cuban music in a variety of ways. Loosely translated as “from the mountains,” montuno refers to the rustic, mountainous region of Oriente, the eastern province of Cuba and birthplace of son. Hence, son...

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...

Marímbula

George Torres

George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The marímbula is a Cuban thumb piano used by early changüí and son groups primarily as a bass function within an ensemble. The instrument consists of a large wooden resonating box with one to several holes in the front. Across the front...

Tres

Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2013

Scholarly Books

...The tres is a six-string guitar-like instrument, which, due to its rich history, is considered the national string instrument of Cuba. The tres is frequently used in punto guajiro and son. The modern tres developed from two distinct...