Something important that should be acknowledged in American society is the fact that Latino and Latina Music artists have thrived in a country where the predominant language is English. Artists such as Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, and many others have made a name for themselves, even when their songs are largely in Spanish. What is the reason behind this? Songs like “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber, as well as “Taki Taki” by DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, and Ozuna are some recent smash hits that have reached the top of the billboard and effectively conveyed the power of Latino or Latina rhythm. With the amount of Latinos in the music industry increasing there is a new style of music coming to light that is very well accepted in American society.
Rumba, bossa nova, and merengue as well as many other styles of Latin music are evident factors that play a large part in influencing American Music. The main reason behind the popularity of this type of music is most likely because it merges Latin music genres, and culture, into American music.
Here, we look at different Latin styles that have made their way into the American music industry:
Rhumba (Rumba) – Music style introduced to America in the 1930s that meshed large band and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Examples of this would be “Moscas en la Casa” by Shakira and “Mi Buen Amor” by Gloria Estefan.
Salsa – A dance music genre that was introduced to America in the 1960s and was heavily influenced by Latin jazz and several different types of Cuban music. Examples of this would be “Vivir mi Vida” by Marc Anthony and “Periódico de Ayer” by Hector Lavoe.
Merengue – A music genre introduced to America in the 1930s that originated in the Dominican Republic. Examples of this would be “Bailar” by Deorro ft Elvis Crespo and “Abusadora” by Oro Solido and Raul Acosta.
An example of American and Latin music meshing would be Tejano music (Tex-Mex music) that was born in the late 19th century. This genre was mainly popularized by Selena as well as many others. Examples of this would be “Amor Prohibido” by Selena and “Como Le Hare” by Emilio Navaira.
Music encourages dancing, something the Latino and Latina community have always been good at. Now that American music and Latin Music are fusing, a new type of music is born, immortalizing a new type of dance into American history. With their overwhelming presence in America, it is safe to say this type of dance music is now a permanent part of America’s culture.