Hispanic Heritage Month: Styles and Genres to Explore
Each Spanish-speaking country has its own unique styles, though there have been many instances of styles crossing borders, including many styles that became popular in the United States. Some genres originated in the United States, which of course includes some territories formerly "owned" by Spain. Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens, brought Anglo influences to Puerto Rico, and island culture to the U.S. mainland. The most recent popular Hispanic genre has been attributed to Puerto Ricans: "Reggaeton," or rap/hip-hop in Spanish.
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Some other popular styles that originated in Latin America:
mambo, a Cuban dance form made popular in the 1950s by artists such as Perez Prado, composer of the original "Mambo No. 5."