Chapter 4

Latin American Popular Music: Tango and Salsa

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the ethnic and racial diversity of Latin American culture.
  2. Recognize the major genres of Latin American popular music, focusing on traditions from the United States, Argentina, and Cuba, as well as Nuyorican populations.
  3. Identify prominent artists associated with Latin American popular music genres discussed, e.g., Gloria Estefan.

Flashcards of Glossary Terms


Listening Guide Audio

Chapter 4

Listening Guide Audio

Latin Pop


Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine

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“Por una Cabeza” (“By a Head”)

The Tango Project, composed by Carlos Gardel and Alfredo Le Pera

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“Por una Cabeza” (“By a Head”)

Carlos Gardel

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The Spirit of Salsa Cuba

“El Cuarto de Tula” (“Tula’s Bedroom”)

Buena Vista Social Club

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Suddenly Salsa

“Oye Como Va” (“Hear How It Goes”)

Tito Puente

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Timba and Reggaeton


Daddy Yankee

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Additional Audio Examples and Links

Audio Examples:

Clave and Reverse Clave

Clave Rhythm

Dem Bow Riddim vs. Habanera

Habanera Rhythm

Tango Rhythm

Habanera Piano Rhythm

Opening Rhythm

Rumba Clave Rhythms

Vamp Rhythm

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