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Aztec music was entirely religious in nature, and was performed by professional musicians ... The arrival of the Spanish introduced new music and instruments ...

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Our Musical Heritage

Cultural Influences of Mexican/Mexican American Music


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Pre-Colombian

The Maya and Aztec peoples played instruments

  • tlapitzalli (a flute)

  • teponatzli, a log drum

  • the conch-shell trumpet

  • various rattles/ rasps

  • huehuetl, a kettle drum

  • Aztec music was entirely religious in nature, and was performed by professional musicians

  • Instruments were considered


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Aztec Instruments


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Spanish

  • The arrival of the Spanish introduced new music and instruments

  • At the time, parts of Spain and Portugal were controlled by the Moors of North Africa who in turn influenced Spanish music

  • Moorish instruments were adopted in Spain,

  • North African nasal, high-pitched singing style and improvisation spread to the all the peoples of Iberia,

  • From continental Europe, Spain adopted the French troubadour tradition, which by the 16th century was a major part of Spanish culture.

  • Both ethnic Spaniards and Moors contributed to the troubadour tradition, which spawned the décima song form, which features ten lines of eight syllables each.

  • The décima format remains an important part of Latin music, include in corridos, bolero, and vallenato


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African Influences

  • In Mexico  “tropical music”, dancing music has a strong African influence

  • danzones,

  • mambo,

  • cha cha cha,

  • salsa,

  • Sones

  • Instruments; drums and others


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Mexican Music

  • Mexican musicians incorporate their Pre-Columbian roots together with the lasting influence of the Spanish.

  • Both folk and classical Mexican music have drawn from these influences, and regional styles reflect these traditions.

  • The Spanish regime also imported African slaves, adding a third dimension to the areas music.

  • Mexican Son: Mexican son first appeared in the 17th century and is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish and African traditions


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Mexican American Music

  • Carlos Santana

  • African,Spanish and Native Influences


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