Latin America consists of primarily three distinct regions: Mexico, Central America, and South America; including Caribbean countries as well. As mentioned before, all countries maintain their own distinguishable cultural attributes. For example, Mexico traditionally plays Mariachi music, an ensemble containing soulful vocalization along with accompaniment consisting of mainly string instruments and trumpets (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, 2016). While a form of traditional music in Brazil, samba, exemplifies a more vigorous dancing beat more associated with Carnival in Rio and “emphasized by the polyrhythmic sounds of multiple percussion instruments” (History of Samba, 2017). Both forms of music embody tradition emanating from their countries, distinguishing them among other countries within Latin
School is mandatory within the ages 5 years old, to 18. Students in Puerto Rico can pick either public or private schools. As of 2013, there were 1,460 public schools and 764 private schools on the island. The overall literacy rate of the Puerto Rican population was 94.1%, when divided by gender. www.classbase.com/Countries/Puerto-Rico/Education-System
Have you been to costa rica or learned anything about costa?Well today i will be talking about costa rica and the things I will be talking is Geography,languages,foods,customs,produce and import,and government.
Culture is defined as the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group. (www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture) It is the history of the people; their reason for conducting themselves the way they do. The culture of a group of people is something they are proud of. It showcases the very things that make them unique and separates them from others. While culture does provide a uniqueness to groups and regions, all cultures do have similarities. Most countries, groups, and religions generally have one set culture, some may consist of many subcultures. While a country’s culture has deep roots in heritage, external factors may influence its growth and change; such as people, geography,
Salsa is a dance that is popular among people from the Caribbean, and among native Spanish speaking people. Salsa music is actually influenced heavily by Spanish, European, and African music. Anyone that is familiar with Salsa music will certainly agree that this is very true. It is thought that Salsa music originated with the Latin community in New York. The fact is that Salsa popularity has risen considerably over the years. Today, the Salsa music is also a favorite outside of the Latin community and heard in clubs across the country. Salsa music is definitely hot and all the energy generated doing the dance burns a lot of calories. Get started enjoying the Latin flavored music with an easy Salsa dance step.
Culture in barbados is not much different than ours. When it comes to entertainment people play sports, music, go shopping, and go to dining events. Religion happens to be mostly christianity, and have morning service in Anglican churches on Saturdays. Language is mostly english or Bajan, an African-American speaking that is widely used, and sounds somewhat dialect. Race is mostly African but to be more imprecise 80 percent are black, 4 percent are white, 16 percent are mixed. Music most listened to are from British and African origins which include folk, western classical religions, and popular music. Food people eat is called bajan food a blend of British, African, and indian styles. Sports have been played in barbados ever since the 1800’s
The two important music that was studied in this course were merengue and bachata. Merengue can only be played with only a Dominican drum and a guira. The Dominican tambora is a two headed drum which was used to play merengue music. They were made from salvaged rum barrels. The guira is known as a metal scraper which emerges from the Dominican Republic. This was used as a percussion instrument in merengue and also some kind of bachata. Merengue was originating in the Dominican Republic which became popular throughout Latin America and also was danced and played in the Hispanic neighborhoods of the United States. The Dominican Republic is the country of origin for bachata. Since the emergence of bachata in the early 1960’s, bachata was associated with poor rural migrants. Bachata was also considered too vulgar, crude, and too musically rustic. The music was not allowed in the mainstream musical landscape. Only a few years ago bachata was now finally respected by different class of the Dominican Republic. One of bachata’s most notable characteristics was extra musical; which
Other than the upbeat and rapid musical genre of salsa, there came to style Bolero; which is characterized as the "feeling" which is more of an emotional context. This genre became popular in Havana, Cuba. In relation to music nowadays, this is the same Latin music you will hear in your home when all the Hispanic aunts and moms get together to drink and gossip. Music has evolved a bit more adding in more technicality to the beats and "remixes". It is a shame that the culture seems to be dying, but it is still alive for some
Reggaeton music is from Jamaican Reggae, but it was influenced by other music directions, for example North American Hip-Hop and Puerto Rican rhythms. According to the articles"Panama is the birthplace of this music" it all started for the wave of immigration of Jamaicans who immigrated to Panama, to work in the Panama Canal. They bought their Reggae music and eventually it was translated to Spanish and was called "Spanish Reggae". Reggae was performed first time in Spanish it was in Panama (by Chicho Man), while the first Spanish rap was performed (by Vico C) a singer from Puerto Rico, who is consider one of the founders of reggaeton this all happened in 1985.
Since the beginning of mankind music has been identified as a creative way of expressing one’s self. This, along with other uses such as soothing a mind or singing to gain closure with a situation that has occurred, can be found dating back to biblical times with more than enough examples. Fast-forward a thousand years or so and we find that although music has changed drastically, the uses of music are still universal. This is shown through multiple examples of history, one being the time period in which African slaves struggled during a rough time in America. Africans had developed their own style of music back in their homeland, so to no surprise when taken and brought to America their music followed. The freedom for them here was slim to
In every culture there are artifacts that serve the same purpose, but they have different meanings because of their history. Baskets, weapons, bowls and various other artifacts are good examples of this. Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America. It was a peaceful place until the Spanish arrived around 1522 and started colonizing it (my trans.; Costa Rica Embassy). Many of the American Indian tribes that lived there were almost destroyed, like in many other places. Their heritage though, still lives on to this day as do many of their cultural artifacts. It is something that is a part of me and my culture. One of these artifacts that always had me frightened in childhood and later made me laugh were masks. Masks and the “Mascaradas” are a legacy left behind that says much of the Costa Rican culture and its history.
On Friday, November 6th, I was fortunate enough to attend the Fuego Tropical concert, at the Comstock Memorial Union at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In this concert, there were two special guests: Ruben Alvarez, who, according to the event's program, is a professional Latin percussionist, and Dr. Tom Strait, who is one of the faculty members at MSUM. There were two styles of music performed at this concert, which were Steelband and Salsa. Going into this, I knew some background on the history of steel drums and Trinidad, but not a lot about salsa dancing or the history behind the dance and music. Therefore, I decided to take a closer look at salsa, and find out the history and culture surrounding it.
Venezuela has evolved as an intermingling blend of African, European and Indigenous cultures. It’s culture brings a bright, colorful and lively feeling of what is now true Venezuela. Festivals fill Venezuela with music and dancing everywhere, this is one of the results of these three races blending. Venezuela is as varied as it gets with it’s music and dance. All the musical instruments have been traced back to Africa, Europe and the Native Indians; the Indigenous. Before the Spaniards and African slaves, the indigenous used carved bone flutes, clay whistles, seashell trumpets and maracas. Venezuela gets it’s name from Columbus, while on his third voyage to the New World he fell upon Venezuela. He saw all the little stilted houses above a lake
Colombia is a country known as “The land of a thousand rhythms.” Many years ago, Colombian culture mixed with Indian, African, Spanish and English cultures. Today, Colombia straddles both the Pacific and the Caribbean. As a result of these, Colombian music is very dynamic and diverse. A few of the different folk genres of Colombian music include Cumbia, Vallenato, Currulao, Bambuco, and Mapale. One of the most known genres is Cumbia. Cumbia originated in the late 17th century. Initially, Cumbia was the dance of the slaves. Cumbia brought together African, Indigenous and European cultures. Its name derived from the African word cumbe, which means dance. Around the 1950s, Cumbia became popular in Colombia. Cumbia music
The Philippines has always had a rich musical history. It takes its roots from the indigenous tribes of the Philippines, who used it as a way to pass on epics and stories about gods and heroes, a way to celebrate good harvests, festivals, weddings and births, a way to mourn the dead, to court women, and a way to praise the gods.