How Latin Music Changed Over the Years and Why We Love It?24 February, 2023
There is an old saying that goes, “Music knows no language, and it can be understood by every human.” Nothing could be more true when it comes to an understanding of how Latin music has taken over the music industry worldwide.
There was a time when we could only name a few Latin songs. For example, who does not know the immensely popular Latin song “Lambada” by Kaoma that came out way back in 89.
But that was it. One or two Latin songs that would become popular every two to three years. The pervasive popularity of Latin music had not reached its peak, but the signs of it happening were very clear.
There was something very unique about Latin music. From the catchy tune, a variety of music, and different instruments playing in symphony to great and strong vocals and the beat going well with every dance step.
The Rise of Latin Music
Latin music was bound to make a global entrance one day or the other. It was around the beginning of the second decade of the second millennium when it finally happened.
Ask anyone, and they would say that the incorporation of Latin music in almost every other English song that came out happened in 2013-2014. It was a time when songs from different languages and cultures were taking the global stage.
The seed of Latin music was planted by talented artists like Ricky Martin and Shakira. Almost a decade later, the tree erupted from the soil and started fruiting.
From the popular song Despacito to the party classics like I Like It and Mi Gente by J Balvin, Latin music burst in popularity. Not just in the US, but the influence of Latin music was seen everywhere, from Europe to the far lands of India in the East.
Latin music changed a lot in this period. From being very classic to more modern, Latin music evolved to fit more in the party and dance genre. Almost over ninety percent of the Latin songs of the modern era were the top dance numbers.
How Latin Music Changed Over the Years
Latin music has gone through significant changes over the years, evolving from traditional genres to a diverse range of styles that have captured the hearts of millions around the world.
In the early 20th century, Latin music was heavily influenced by Afro-Caribbean rhythms, and genres like salsa, mambo, and cha-cha-cha gained popularity.
During the 1960s and 1970s, Latin music began to incorporate more elements of rock and pop, resulting in the rise of new genres like Latin rock and Latin pop.
The 1980s saw the emergence of reggaeton, which blended reggae, hip-hop, and Latin music, and quickly gained popularity in Latin America and beyond.
In recent years, Latin music has continued to evolve, with the rise of new genres like trap Latino and Latin trap, which blend hip-hop, reggaeton, and traditional Latin music.
With its wide range of genres and styles, Latin music has become a global cultural phenomenon and continues to evolve and inspire new generations of musicians and fans.
Why We Love Latin Music
From seeing the mammoth popularity of Latin music and how people from different cultures start to love it, the question that naturally comes to mind is, why do we love Latin music so much?
What is there in this genre of music that makes it fit so well with songs of completely different languages? Let’s first take a look at all the different things that make Latin music different from other genres of music.
What Makes Latin Music Different (and Why We Love It)
Latin music is a diverse and complex genre that encompasses many different styles and influences, and it has several distinctive characteristics that set it apart from other genres of music.
Another defining characteristic of Latin music is its use of dance. Latin music is inherently tied to dance, with many styles designed specifically for social dancing. Latin music often features a strong beat and a driving rhythm that encourages people to move and dance.
In addition to its rhythmic and dance-oriented nature, Latin music is also known for its rich and diverse cultural influences. This fusion of different cultural influences gives Latin music a unique and vibrant sound that is unlike anything else.
Latin music is often characterized by its emotional intensity and passion. This emotional depth and intensity is a defining feature of Latin music, and it has helped to make it one of the most popular and beloved genres of music around the world.
That was all about the emergence, evolution, and persistence of Latin music in almost every major country and culture. Experience the magic of Latin music yourself. Look at the concert schedule for Latin music now and experience the magic of music in person.
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