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Latin Music USA; Divas and Superstars


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Latin Music USA
Divas and Superstars
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Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues - music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It's a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all.

From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, LATIN MUSIC USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll — and on all of American culture. It’s a fresh take on America's musical history, reaching across time and across musical genres to embrace the exciting hybrid sounds created by Latinos, musical fusions that have deeply enriched popular music in the U.S. over more than five decades. Jimmy Smits narrates. Series release date: 10/12/2009

Program Description

In the 1980s and 1990s, Latin pop explodes on to the national scene fueled by chart-topping songs from dynamic artists and inventive producers. At the turn of the century, reggaetón, a hot new sound with the style and swagger of hip-hop, speaks to young Latinos.

Latin Pop Some of the most well-known songs in the U.S. come from the world of Latin pop. Megastars such as Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, and Shakira are favorites of audiences around the globe. A mix of catchy pop tunes combined with Latin rhythms, Latin pop songs are sung in Spanish, English, or a mix of the two.

Featured artists Marc Anthony Emilio Estefan Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Jennifer Lopez Ricky Martin Shakira

Reggaetón The fresh, driving beats of reggaetón come from a mix of fast-paced Jamaican reggae with Latin rhythms contemporary rhythm and blues, hip-hop, and Spanish rap. Many popular reggaetón artists are from Puerto Rico, but the sound is a source of pride and identity for young Latinos across the country.

Featured artists Tego Calderón Daddy Yankee Pitbull



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Chicago: “Latin Music USA; Divas and Superstars,” 07/17/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A1880FE7626A4FE4881459CF102E9445.
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