Latin American popular music

What’s behind the “bang bang” of Latin music in the Top 10?

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 12:00

Anybody who tuned into their local radio station this summer could tell you that there was one song that reigned supreme; Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s remix of ‘Despacito’ featuring Justin Bieber took the U.S. by storm and its popularity only continued to heat up as the months passed.  In fact, the song is tied with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” for being atop Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the longest consecutive stretch at 16 weeks in the No. 1 spot (Trust 2017).

The Early History of Choro and the Evolution of the Choro Player

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 08:00

Choro is a form of Brazilian popular music that has evolved over the course of more than a century. Because its origins lie in  the  cultural heritage of the diverse social classes, races and ethnic groups that together make up the Brazilian population, it has come to represent more than just a style or genre. Like samba, carnaval and futebol, it is a symbol of Brazilian national identity, and a unifying cultural force.

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