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Latin Music USA; Chicano Wave, The/ Divas and Superstars


LMUSA103 (Stacked version Masters) The Chicano Wave and Divas and Superstars, Green Label Master (Closed-captioned) (Tape 1/2)

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Latin Music USA
Chicano Wave, The/ 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

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A new generation of Mexican Americans raised on rock, rhythm and blues, and country and western music express their cultural identity through Chicano rock, Latin rock, Tejano, and the Norteño (northern) sound.

Chicano Rock In 1958, a 17-year-old Mexican American from Pacoima, California, named Ritchie Valens became a rock and roll sensation almost overnight. With the hit songs “La Bamba” and “Donna,” he paved the way for Chicano rock bands including Tierra and Los Lobos, whose music became a part of Chicano identity. In the late 1960s, Mexican-born guitarist Carlos Santana captured the world’s attention with his unique blend of rock, blues, and Afro-Cuban jazz.

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.



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