By Matt Doeden

the gang sways to the melodic strumming of a bossa nova guitarist.

A vocalist belts out lyrics that mix English and Spanish.

Couples dance to salsa's syncopated rhythms.

These are the sounds of Latin track.

Before Latin song exploded into the mainstream within the Nineties, it used to be at the sidelines of yankee pop. Ritchie Valens fused Latin dance song with rock. Julio Iglesias popularized Latin ballads within the usa. And Gloria Estefan used to be the 1st crossover artist. yet after Ricky Martin's "Livin' l. a. Vida Loca" exploded onto the pop scene in 1999, Latin song took heart level.

Follow the evolution of Latin song throughout the many years. learn the way its specific sounds and catchy rhythms were built-in into American pop. observe the way it is used for political expression. and skim extra approximately stars corresponding to Victor Jara, Selena, and Shakira.

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