Haiti is known for music that most closely resembles the Yoruba people. Though officially Catholic, for centuries the people practiced an African version of the religion, Vodou or Vodoun. Through music, spirits enter the body of practitioners.
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Jamaican Reggae evolved from a genre called Rock Steady, and is most closely associated with Bob Marley and the Wailers, whose most famous songs sing of freedom with a Jamaican accent. His son, Ziggy Marley, continues the tradition.
Reggae would become popular worldwide, especially in Africa. Artists such as Lucky Dube and the Refugee All Stars of Sierra Leone adopted the genre, using it as a means of protest from an African point of view.
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Cuba, colonized by Spanish slave masters, developed diverse styles as freed slaves mastered Colonial styles. Retaining the percussive aesthetic of African music, Cuban jazz is often referred to as "Afro-Cuban." Latin-tinged jazz of the 1950s derives from American musicians' fascination with Cuban music. Cuban musicians who became famous in the 20th Century include Xavier Cugat and Pérez Prado, the "Mambo King." More recent performers are Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés and Ibrahim Ferrer. For more sabór de Cuba, check out the famous video of the Buena Vista Social Club.
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Puerto Rican DJ community first in Puerto Rico and later also in
the in the Bronx and the American West Coast.
It reached its peak of
popularity ca. 2005-2010.
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To search for the music of a specific country or style, use the Libraries' Media Finders. (http://www.bsu.edu/library → (Research) → Media Finders. There is one for World Music and one for Musical Recordings (Other than classical).
The World Music finder searches for books, DVDs, and musical instruments (Educational Technology and Resources Collection) as well as recordings:
The "Music Other Than Classical" media finder allows you to choose country and style, for example, jazz from Cuba: