This comprehensive survey examines Latin American music, focusing on popular—as opposed to folk or art—music and containing more than 200 entries on the concepts and terminology, ensembles, and instruments that the genre comprises.
The rich and soulful character of Latin American culture is expressed most vividly in the sounds and expressions of its musical heritage. While other scholars have attempted to define and interpret this body of work, no other resource has provided such a detailed view of the topic, covering everything from the mambo and unique music instruments to the biographies of famous Latino musicians.
Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music delivers scholarly, authoritative, and accessible information on the subject, and is the only single-volume reference in English that is devoted to an encyclopedic study of the popular music in this genre. This comprehensive text—organized alphabetically—contains roughly 200 entries and includes a chronology, discussion of themes in Latin American music, and 37 biographical sidebars of significant musicians and performers. The depth and scope of the book's coverage will benefit music courses, as well as studies in Latin American history, multicultural perspectives, and popular culture.
• Roughly 200 entries on concepts and terminology, ensembles, genres, and instruments
• 37 biographical sidebars of significant musicians and performers
• A chronology for Latin American popular music
• Delivers scholarly, authoritative, and accessible information
• Offers in-depth information about instruments and genres based in the various cultures of Latin America
• Provides a single source of reference for popular music in Latin American countries
• Covers 12 themes in Latin American music