5El Ritmo Latino

Hispanic/LatinX Music Influences in the U.S.

Javier F. Leon, Ph.D.

Director of Latin American Music Center, Indiana University

The history of Hispanic or LatinX music in the United States has been diverse, involving different musical genres, styles, and influences that stretch from various regions of the country to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The people behind these influences have been equally varied and have included men and women whose families come from multiple socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Over the last several decades, the terms Hispanic and LatinX have provided a useful way to bring together and recognize the needs of a number of these different communities, many of which had ...

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