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Latin Artists & Styles

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Read about your favorite Latin music artists and the different styles that make up the world of Latin music.
  1. Latin Music Overview
  2. Afro-Cuban Music
  3. Brazilian Music
  4. Merengue / Bachata
  5. Pop / Rock
  1. Salsa
  2. Tango
  3. Tejano / Norteno / Banda
  4. Mariachi / Ranchera
  5. Urban Music (Reggaeton, Hip Hop, Fusion)

Latin Music Overview

Carlos Quintana

Confused about the difference between Cumbia and Cha Cha, Tejano music and Norteno music? Wonder why you like some tunes called Salsa, but not others? After all is said and done, what makes Latin music Latin?

Afro-Cuban Music

Gloria Estefan in Concert

From the ballads made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club to the roots of Salsa, Afro-Cuban music has become one of the most beloved genres of music in the world.

Brazilian Music

There is no more joyous celebration than Carnaval in Brazil and Samba is what makes that festival so special. From Samba to Bossa Nova, read about the artists and styles that make Brazilian music beloved the world over.

Merengue / Bachata

Juan Luis Guerra

The Dominican Republic is the aboriginal home of one of the most popular Latin beats in the world: the merengue. The bachata was the black sheep of Dominican music for years; now the sexy, suggestive style is being embraced and brought back into the musical mainstream.

Pop / Rock

Ricky Martin

Latin pop and rock are now some of the best-selling albums in the world. Read about the artists and albums that have made this significant impact on the music world.

Salsa

Marc Anthony

Salsa is probably the most popular Latin style in the world. But it didn't exist before the 1960s. Read about its roots and the artists that have made it so popular.

Tango

Julian Finney / Getty Images

It's difficult to think of tango without thinking of Argentina, but today the tango is known, loved, composed and performed the world over.

Tejano / Norteno / Banda

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If you're north or south of the border, Tejano, Norteno and Banda music have a lot in common.

Mariachi / Ranchera

Vicente Fernandez

Every visitor to Mexico looks forward to a good mariachi band and ranchera, the music they perform.

Urban Music (Reggaeton, Hip Hop, Fusion)

The world is a global village and indigenous Latin music styles are transformed once they hit the big city.

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