Even when most of countries in Latin America share many cultural aspects such as language, cuisine, dialects and lifestyle, there are many others that make each of the countries special and unique. One of the Latin regions where almost every country has the same history, origin and characters is South America, nevertheless, Brazil outstands. Brazilian roots have made it one of the most joyful countries in the entire world and its music has a huge role in this title.
Brazilian most important and recognized genre is the one that makes everyone go crazy and dance like there’s no tomorrow, Samba. If you hear a samba drum arrangement, the whistles and other wind instruments you’ll automatically think about Brazil, the parties celebrated in Rio during the carnivals and an amazing amount of colors and glitter like if synesthesia was acting. Samba has its origins and 1929 and among its most recognized composers there are Noel Rosa, Lamartine Babo and Ary Barroso. This magnificent genre combines tambourines, cuicas, guitars and even frying pans!
Samba has had an inspirational role to the birth of a widely popular genre, Bossa Nova. This kind of music combined the most calmed harmonies played by samba musicians and mixed them with the tranquility and complexity of American jazz. This genre has been so popular than almost any café around the world plays it to create a smooth and nice environment. The most known Bossa Nova artists from Brazil are Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto whose singles like Garota de Ipanema and Chega da Saudade respectively have spread all over the world and keep appearing in the soundtracks of many movies and series.
Of course, like in some African and South American countries, a great musical culture has some deep roots that come from a tribal past. Even when nowadays, some of the indigenous tribes of Brazil are fighting against well drilling in some parts of the Amazonian rainforest, there were better days when they dedicated to create one of the most popular music style and martial arts, Capoeira. This is one of the most beautiful kinds of music because it only requires three people that have the ability to play the pandeiro, atabaque and perimbao, the rest is a great session of jamming or a concert were the musicians play songs written by the old mestres or teachers. There can’t be a martial art session without the music.
The African influence hasn’t left its mark just in Capoeira. Maracatu is a typical Afro-Brazilian music played with alfaia drums during the carnivals in some regions of Fortaleza.
Brazilian musicians did not get stuck on the typical genres and have taken over the scene in many popular genres such as gospel, heavy metal, psychedelic rock, hip hop and other not so popular like Gaucho music that is mostly typical from Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
Just like its people, Brazil is an incredible mix of cultures and roots and its typical music proves it. Don’t doubt and go listen!
Salsa is one of the most popular Latin social dances. It’s a couple dance, but you can also dance alone. It was created by Puerto Ricans, Cubans and other Hispanic Americans. His steps have African and European influences.
The roots of the salsa do not come from a specific point but from several because this musical genre is the result of the fusion of diverse aspects of the musical culture of various ethnic groups. The term of salsa as a musical genre and dance became popular in New York at the end of the 1960s.
At first, this term referred to a great variety of rhythms with African roots from the Hispanic Caribbean. The sauce is the result of the fusion of all these Afro-Caribbean rhythms.
The main influence of salsa is the Cuban son, from which he inherited his rhythmic pattern. Also the sauce has influence of the mambo, the chachachá, the guaracha and the merengue.
The name that was given comes from a song called “Échale Salsita” and that was sung by the Cuban Ignacio Piñeiro in 1933; it not only presented a novel melody but included the trumpet in this musical style for the first time and had a more danceable touch. It is worth mentioning that in Caribbean music terms like “salsa”, “sabor” and “azúcar” have always been used to motivate the audience to dance and get excited.
The commercial success of this genre took place in the 70s, when it began to be commercialized and become present especially in spaces for dance fans. The dance of the salsa itself, its movements and steps, are a fusion of the African and the European. Their movements and steps reflect the influence of the dances brought by Africans to the Caribbean and the European dances that were danced in Cuba. The basic steps of salsa are the same steps as Cuban son. Salsa also inherited steps from rumba, danzón and mambo.
Nowadays salsa dance has different styles coming from the regions where this genre has been developed.
There is a common basic step in all styles. But each style of salsa has its own way of dancing and performing the steps.
A style of salsa can be identified by the way a dancer uses time or subjects his partner. Each style has variations in the turns and postures, and in the influences that are incorporated in other dances.
Learn all about this type of music and more here!
The 90’s where without a doubt one of the weirdest decades when it comes to music, but being weird doesn’t imply that is bad. Every time you tuned up the radio, you could find an immense variety of beats that went from grunge taking the scenario, pop boy bands and teen stars, punk and the decreasing popularity of heavy metal. There’s so much to say about 90’s music and building a top 4 is even more difficult than building a top 100 but we did our best and we hope you like it. Here they are: the best 4 songs of the 90’s!
Smells like Teen Spirit
If you were expecting this song to be left out, you were wrong. This song represents Nirvana’s peak, a band that showed grunge to a brand new level and along Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains made it the most popular genre of the time. This particular song is considered to be the anthem of the Generation X, a bunch of rebel teens that went against a lot of standards imposed by the society. The rest of the Nevermind album is pretty good too. Sadly, Nirvana’s career ended way too early with Kurt’s passing but they left us an incredible song.
This song made a great impact on how people perceived Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Guns and Roses fused the best of both rock worlds: ballads and incredible solos. The start of the song brings you a calm yet sad feeling through Axl’s voice but within minutes, things start to get serious and the outro solo is one of the Slash’s best works to date and have appeared in many movies and series. The videoclip is worth a watch, and the rest of the album Use Your Illusion I is quite nice as well.
Even when this single is hated nowadays because of the actions of rookie guitar players that are handed acoustic guitars at parties, Wonderwall is one of the best songs as its lyrics are filled with feelings and the cleanness of Oasis performing it is quite a thing to admire. Sadly, the Gallagher brothers couldn’t amend their troubles with each other and the band eventually split but what a song they left us. The album (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory? Is worth being listened to.
This song wasn’t included just to avoid the hate of rap fans; it actually is pretty nice and you will get some nice vibes by listening to it. Tupac Shakur sure made a nice job including those robotic voices with the use of auto-tune. The video is a masterpiece and looks like a Mad Max scene but with a much more calmed feeling. Sadly, 2Pac died in 1996 by gunfire related to some gang issues but this song and the rest of the album All Eyez on Me will live forever.
There you have them: the best songs of the 90’s that revolutionized classic genres. Which is your favorite?
If you’re looking for some romantic moments with that special person or if you’re looking to get great memories to your mind, you better take a look at this list of romantic songs you must listen!
Love Song “- Sara Bareilles
The singer from Eureka, Calif. made her chart debut with this song. Although it did not reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, it was the No. 1 song of the year on the annual recaps of those two lists.
It is the first single of Sara Bareilles, sent in 2007 through Epic Records. It was nominated for the Grammy Awards 2009 in the category Song of the Year and Best Female Vocal Performance of Pop.
I Will Always Love You “:No. 1 for 14 weeks
Houston’s signature song was originally to No. 1 hit for the woman who composed the tune, Dolly Parton. Her version topped the Hot Country Songs chart in 1974 and again in 1982.
Whitney’s version was the first published single of the soundtrack of the movie The Bodyguard.
Bleeding Love “- Leona Lewis Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for four weeks
Ryan Tedder and Jesse McCartney wrote the song, inspired by the latter’s long-distance romance with his girlfriend.
Launched around the world during the last quarter of 2007, and the first of 2008, as the first international single, and as a second single in Ireland and the United Kingdom, from his album Spirit
We Found Love “- Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris No. 1 for 10 weeks
What could be more romantic than finding love in a “hopeless place”? Rihanna scored the biggest hit of her career (the top ‘love’ song of the 21st century)
It is a song performed by the singer, with the collaboration of disc jockey and Calvin Harris. Published as the main single of her studio album, Talk That Talk (2011), in which the singer talks about «finding love where there is no hope»
The song received good criticism, in addition to which its musical composition and the vocal interpretation of Rihanna were praised; nevertheless, some critics considered that the lyrical content of the song was little.
Endless Love “Diana Ross & Lionel Richie Hot 100 Peak: No. 1 for nine weeks (1981)
Producer Jon Peters and Franco Zeffirelli asked Lionel Richie to compose an instrumental along the lines of the theme from “Love Story” for their movie starring Brooke Shields. When Zeffirelli changed his mind and asked Richie if he would add lyrics, the Motown star agreed to write some. Then Zeffirelli made one more request – to add a female singer, someone like Diana Ross.