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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

Our Musical Heritage

Cultural Influences of Mexican/Mexican American Music

pre colombian
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
spanish
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
african influences
African Influences
  • In Mexico  “tropical music”, dancing music has a strong African influence
  • danzones,
  • mambo,
  • cha cha cha,
  • salsa,
  • Sones
  • Instruments; drums and others
mexican music
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
mexican american music
Mexican American Music
  • Carlos Santana
  • African,Spanish and Native Influences