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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Ramón "Raymond" Luis Ayala Rodríguez
(born February 3, 1977), known artistically as Daddy Yankee
, is a Latin Grammy Award
winning Puerto Rican reggaeton
recording artist. Ayala was born in Río Piedras
, the largest district of San Juan, where he became interested in music at a young age. In his youth he was interested in baseball, and aspired to become a Major League Baseball player. He was unable to continue this sport when he received an injury to one of his legs, leaving him unable to walk correctly. He then became involved in the underground rap
movement that was in its early stages in Puerto Rico, later to be called Reggaeton
In 2002 El Cangri.com became Ayala's first album with international success, receiving coverage in the markets of New York and Miami. Barrio Fino was released in 2004, and the album received numerous awards, including a Premio Lo Nuestro and a Latin Billboard, as well as receiving nominations for the Latin Grammy and MTV Video Music Awards. Barrio Fino performed well in the sales charts of the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Japan. On June 5, 2007, El Cartel Records released El Cartel: The Big Boss, which was ranked as the top-selling album in Latin music genres in 2007. He promoted the album with an international tour which began in the United States and continued through Latin America, breaking attendance records in Ecuador and Bolivia.
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) is the 79th studio album
released by Mexican singer Vicente Fernández
on September 18, 2007 by Sony BMG
. Written and produced by Joan Sebastian
, and co-produced by Jesús Rincón, the album is a successful mariachi
record. It has sold two million copies worldwide, and is one of the biggest-selling albums by Fernández. It spawned four singles: "Estos Celos
", "La Derrota
", "Un Millón de Primaveras
" and the title track
, the latter of which was used as the main theme to the Mexican telenovela Fuego En La Sangre
, which brought the album wider exposure and helped it to stay in the charts for over two years.
Originally conceived as a banda music project, the album earned Fernández a Latin Grammy Award for Best Ranchero Album, four Premios Oye! and a Grammy nomination. Para Siempre is considered responsible for bringing Mexican traditional music to a younger audience that had never listened to the singer before. Fernández released music videos for the twelve tracks and recorded a TV special on his ranch in Guadalajara, Jalisco. A sold-out promotional tour led to the recording of the live album Primera Fila, Fernández' follow up album.
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The Buena Vista Social Club
was a members club
that held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play during the 1940s. In the 1990s, nearly 50 years after the club was closed, it inspired a recording made by Cuban musician Juan de Marcos González
and American guitarist Ry Cooder
with traditional Cuban musicians, some of whom were veterans who had performed at the club during the height of its popularity.
The recording, named Buena Vista Social Club after the Havana institution, became an international success, and the ensemble was encouraged to perform with a full line-up in Amsterdam in 1998. German director Wim Wenders captured the performance on film, followed by a second concert in Carnegie Hall, New York City for a documentary that included interviews with the musicians conducted in Havana. Wenders' film, also called Buena Vista Social Club, was released to critical acclaim, receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary feature and winning numerous accolades including Best Documentary at the European Film Awards.
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"Donde Quiera Que Estés" (also released as "Wherever You Are") is a duet by American Tejano pop singer Selena and Nuyorican band the Barrio Boyzz, released as the lead single from the Barrio Boyzz album Dondequiera Que Estés (1993). It was written by K. C. Porter, Miguel Flores, Desmond Child, and produced by A.B. Quintanilla III, Domingo Padilla and Bebu Silvetti. EMI Latin wanted Selena to record the song with the Barrio Boyzz because of the band's popularity in the Northeastern United States, where Selena was not well known, and it could help boost her fame, fan base and bookings in cities like New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. SBK Records accepted the offer because the Barrio Boyzz were not recognized in the Southern United States, Selena's home ground.
After Selena was murdered while working on a crossover album, EMI Latin wanted to release the unfinished album, but they were short of songs. They contacted the Barrio Boyzz to re-record their verse of "Donde quiera que estés" in English, while Selena's Spanish verse remained the same. The song was subsequently named "Wherever You Are". "Donde quiera que estés" is an urban fusion song performed in a moderate R&B pop groove. It was promoted through the Barrio Boyzz' Donde Quiera Que Estés Tour in 1993–94 and Selena's Amor Prohibido Tour in 1994–95. All performances were in the style of urban dance. The song, and its music video released in December 1993, received positive reviews from music critics.
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