Encyclopedia of Latin American Popular Music by George Torres

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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.


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George Torres, PhD, is associate professor of music at Lafayette College, Easton, PA, where he teaches courses in music history and literature.
Published March 27, 2013 by Greenwood. 517 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Edited by Torres (world music & music history, Lafayette Coll.), this work on the musical styles, genres, and instruments of Latin America uses a broad definition of Latin America, defining it as "the Spanish-, Portuguese-, and French-speaking countries of the Western Hemisphere south of the Unit...

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