Pop Latino

By: Collin Fairchild

History

Pop latino was created mainly because of American pop. American pop began to be produced in partly spanish hence the birth of Pop latino. Immigration also helped with Pop latino. When immigrants came to the US they brought their culture with them. When all of the different cultures blended, you have latin pop music.

Characteristics

Latin pop includes music from all the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Music from Portugal has very strong ties to this music also. Main instruments used in this music are Cymbals, percussion instruments, and electric synthesizers. Some events that include pop latino music include the Tast of Puerto Rico Festival, Joan Soriano Bachata concert, Colombian and Peruvian Independence Festivals, Colorado Brazil Fest, etc.. Latin pop also contains costumes that are worn while performing, they are short, to allow for free leg movement and to add to the appeal of the dance. They also contain multi- layered ruffles and often a bare midriff. Some popular artists from pop latino are Shakira, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias.

Dances of Pop Latino

There are many dances to go along with pop latino, but the main ones are the cha-cha, rumba, samba, pas doble, and jive. These dances have been performed all around the world. Some of the dances are very energetic and sassy, while others are two-step and/or more rhythmic.

Pop Latino Today

Latin pop has a bright future, with new and talented artists who know the traditions and are familiar with the culture that it brings. The U.S. has a lot of influence in the spanish pop music too.