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Latin Music USA

A fresh take on America's musical history, reaching across time and across musical genres to embrace the exciting hybrid sounds created by Latinos.

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Trace the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha-cha as they swept the U.S. from East to West and see how Latin music infiltrated rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s.

“The Salsa Revolution”
Learn how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented the son cubano and the plena from Puerto Rico by adding elements from soul and jazz to create salsa — which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over. 

“The Chicano Wave”
Mexican Americans in California, Texas and throughout the Southwest created their own distinct musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. See how their music played an important role in the struggle for Chicano civil rights and ultimately propelled them from the barrio to the national stage.
“Divas and Superstars”
Focus on the Latin pop explosion at the turn of the 21st century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. Learn why Latino youth have gravitated toward urban fusions like Spanish rap and reggaetón, as well as rock en Español.