Un baile típico de España: The most important instrument in the flamenco is “la guitarra” The dance incorporates a lot of foot work, clapping and sometimes “las castañuelas” The Flamenco is “gitana” (gypsy) music and tells a story through music and dance.
Un Baile típico de Argentina es: El Tango The tango is a very popular dance in Argentina. It is a very romantic dance. El Bandoneón (acordeón grande) is used in most Tango music. Unlike the flamenco that can be either danced alone or with a partner, the tango is strictly a partner dance.
The merengue is a typical dance of the Dominican Republic. It has many African “ritmos” in the music. It is a fast-paced dance that consists of 2 steps with many move variations. Some popular instruments you will hear in most merengue arrangements are “trompetas y guiros”
In Puerto Rico and Cuba, “la salsa” is a very popular genre of music and dance. Salsa rhythm has also become popular in American music. As you learned earlier this month for Hispanic Heritage, Cuban singer Celia Cruz was considered the “Queen of Salsa”
Conga and Mambo are popular dances originating in Cuba in the 20 th century. In the 1980’s Cuban-American music group Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine brought the Conga to international attention through their blockbuster hit “The Conga.” The song has inspired long conga lines all over the world, including the Guinness World Record breaker, in little Havana, Miami, Florida in 1998, with over 14,000 people!
The Cumbia is the most famous dance in Colombia. Cumbia began as an African courtship dance among the slave population. It was later mixed with European and native instruments. When you listen to it, listen to the beat and to the instruments. What do you hear? el tambor, la tambora
When you watch a Latin band perform, look for the following instruments. And when you listen to the music, listen for the sounds of each instrument. Can you identify the sounds? el güiro las claves las maracas la caba(s)sa
Other instruments that are traditionally found in Latin music are: las castañuelas el tambor, la tambora la trompeta el clarinete la conga
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