Latin American music
, often called Latin music
, is the music of all countries in Latin America
(and the Caribbean
) and comes in many varieties. Latin America is home to musical styles such as the simple, rural conjunto
music of northern Mexico
, the sophisticated habanera
, the rhythmic sounds of the Puerto Rican plena
, the symphonies of Heitor Villa-Lobos
, and the simple and moving Andean flute
. Music has played an important part recently in Latin America
's politics, the nueva canción
movement being a prime example. Latin music is very diverse, with the only truly unifying thread being the use of Latin-derived languages, predominantly the Spanish language
, the Portuguese language
, and to a lesser extent, Latin-derived creole languages
, such as those found in Haiti
Imported styles of popular music with a distinctively Latin style include Latin jazz, Argentine rock and Chilean rock, and Cuban and Mexican hip hop, all based on styles from the United States (jazz, rock and roll and hip hop). Music from non-Latin parts of the Caribbean are also popular, especially Jamaican reggae and dub, Trinidadian calypso music and Antiguan Soca. See also Spanish Tinge. Flamenco, rumba and pasodoble from Spain is popular in some segments due to the Spanish heritage of Latin-America.
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(April 30, 1914 – August 16, 2008) was a Brazilian singer
, and painter
active for more than 70 years beginning in 1933. He contributed to the birth of Brazil's bossa nova
movement, and several of his samba
pieces, such as "Samba da Minha Terra
" and "Saudade da Bahia
", have become staples of Música Popular Brasileira.
Equally notable are his ballads celebrating the fishermen and women of Bahia, including "Promessa de Pescador
", "O Que É Que a Baiana Tem?
", and "Milagre
". Caymmi composed about 100 songs in his lifetime, and many of his works are now considered to be Brazilian classics. Both Brazilian and non-Brazilian musicians have covered his songs.
Ben Ratliff of The New York Times wrote that Caymmi was "perhaps second only to Antônio Carlos Jobim in 'establishing a songbook of [the 20th] century’s Brazilian identity.'" Throughout his career, his music about the people and culture of Bahia influenced Brazil's image in the eyes of both Brazilians and foreigners. Caymmi was married to Brazilian singer Stella Maris for 68 years, and the couple's children, Dori Caymmi, Danilo Caymmi, and Nana Caymmi, are also prominent musicians. Each debuted professionally by accompanying their father onstage and in recordings.
Selected album -
(Spanish pronunciation: [meˈðjokɾe]
) is the Latin Grammy
nominated and Grammy
winning debut album of Mexican singer
and actress Ximena Sariñana
, released in the United States
on July 15, 2008 . Mediocre
reached #10 on Billboard
's Latin Pop Albums, and spawned the hit single "Vidas Paralelas" ("Parallel Lives"). The album gained additional attention when the iTunes Store
featured Sariñana's song "Normal" as the canción de la semana
— iTunes' free Latino song of the week — during the week of July 8, 2008 .
Mediocre garnered good reviews from many critics, receiving five stars from SoMinty, four stars from Time Out, and four stars from Rolling Stone magazine. Many critics praise Mediocre for being an eclectic album with a diverse style of songs featuring pop, rock, alternative, and nueva canción styles.
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The National Anthem of Mexico
: Himno Nacional Mexicano
) was officially adopted in 1943. The lyrics of the national anthem
, which allude to Mexican
victories in the heat of battle and cries of defending the homeland, were composed by poet Francisco González Bocanegra
in 1853. In 1854, Jaime Nunó
composed the music which now accompanies González's poem. The anthem, consisting of ten stanzas
and a chorus, entered into use on September 16, 1854. From 1854 until its official adoption, the lyrics underwent several modifications due to political changes in the country. Unofficially, the anthem is sometimes called "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra"
(Spanish for "Mexicans, at the cry of war") which is also the first line of the chorus.
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" (English: Forbidden Love) is a song by Mexican-American Tejano pop
. Amor Prohibido
was the lead single
released from her album of the same name
(1994). The song was written and produced by Jorge Alberto Pino, Bebu Silvetti
, A.B. Quintanilla III
, Jose Behar
, Pete Astudillo
and Abraham Quintanilla Jr
, and was arranged by Joe Ojeda
and Chris Pérez
. It was released in the United States for the Tejano
and rhythmic contemporary
radios. The song describes a relationship, the story of love between a man and a woman who are tested with their love
, and are even dealt with their parents who disapprove of their relationship.
The song, widely known as her signature song, won both the Premio Lo Nuestro Awards for "Pop Ballad of the Year" and was awarded "Regional Mexican Song of the Year" for three consecutive years. While at the Tejano Music Awards, the single led Selena to win all nominated work for the album Amor Prohibido. The success of the album and the single's airplay helped Selena to be nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Mexican-American Performance".
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