Argentina/Uruaguay • The tango is Argentina’s most famous music. • Argentine rock was most popular in the 60s and is still the most popular. • Uruguay has similar roots to Argentina. • Their folk music is indistinguishable from its Argentine counterpart.
Bolivia • Bolivian music is most strongly linked to its native population than other South American styles. It’s folk music gradually fused into a more pop-like sound. • Styles greatly vary between regions. • Western Bolivia is traditional/Andean music. • Andean music focuses on telling a story. • Eastern Bolivian music is completely different. Music is usually very fast and festive. Traditional dances are typical of the tropical Amazonian tribes. • South Bolivia is the liveliest music in the country. It’s heavily influenced by Spanish flamenco and Argentine gauchos (cowboys)
Brazil • Brazil is a large, diverse country influenced by African, European, and Amerindian forms. • Developed styles such as choro, sertanejo, brega, frevo, samba, maracatu, bossa nova, and Brazilian rock. • Samba is the best known. • Brazil also has modern/experimental composition like electroacoustic music.
Colombia • Mixture of African, Indigenous, European (especially Spanish), modern American, Caribbean, Cuban, and Jamaican making it very diverse. • Shakira is the most recognized Colombian artist.
Cuba • Salsa is essentially Cuban is stylistic origin, but it also has styles mixed with pop, jazz, rock, and R&B. • One style of Cuban music was from the rural areas of western and central Cuba. It’s like Cuba’s “country” music. • The lyrics are usually about life in the country, love, and sometimes humorous topics especially when dancing’s involved.
Dominican Republic • Street musicians are common through out the country. • Dominicans love to dance.
Ecuador • Influence by African rhythms, traditional Andean music, and indigenous music from the jungle. • The most popular is considered the Pasillo, which originates from the classic Viennese waltz.
El Salvador • Roman Catholicism made a great impact. • Folk songs are also popular. • Modern music includes cumbia, hip-hop, salsa, and reggaeton.
Paraguay • Paraguayan polka is the most popular musical form. • Guarania is one of Paraguay’s own styles.
Venezuela • Venezuela is known for its own salsa, meringue, and distinct joropo and llanero music. • Music varies from region. • The joropo is a form of traditional Venezuelan music all over the country and possesses its own attributes according to region.
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