History of Latin Pop
The history of Latin music starts with the influence from native music such as from the Mayas who had a great interest in music and produced all kind of wind and percussion instruments. Many of the Pre-Columbine cultures used wind instruments, with all types of flutes made throughout the continent. Then with the arrival of Columbus and the Europeans, the Spanish and Portuguese languages were brought to the new world, the languages which define much of the Latin music. While Latin music is usually associated with countries like Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Argentina, the rhythms have come and been passed down through the ages. There are many type s of Latin music such as Salsa, Samba, Bossa Nova, Tango etc. Latin pop refers to pop music that contains influence from Latin America but it can also mean pop music from anywher e in the Spanish-speaking world . Latin pop usually combines upbeat Latin music with American pop music. Latin pop is associated with Spanish-language pop, rock, and dance music. It first reached a global audience through the work of bandleader Sergio Mendes in the 1960s. Later, it was defined by the romantic ballads that legendary artists such as Julio Iglesias or Roberto Carlos produced back in the 1970s . Latin p op became the most popular form of Latin music in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s. It affected by production techniques and other styles of music that originated in the United States. New York and Miami were home to Latin club scenes, which during the 1980s led to the rise of Latin freestyle , a club-oriented dance music that was rooted in Latin rhythms but relied on synthesizers and drum machines for most of its arrangements. Both of these sounds influence d the rise of Latin pop, which kept Latin rhythms in its up-tempo numbers but relied more on mainstream pop for its melodic sense. Latin pop\'s first major star was Gloria Estefan, who scored a succession of non-club-ori ented dance-pop hits during the 1980s, but eventually became known more as an adult contemporary diva with a liking for sweeping ballads. Some of the mos t popular and well known Latin p op artists today are those such as Alejandro Sanz , Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Selena, Ricky Martin, Luis Miguel, Jennifer Lopez.