Latin soul

Latin soul

Latin soul was a short lived musical genre movement which developed in the 60's in New York City. It consisted of a blend on Cuban mambo with elements of Latin Jazz and soul music. [Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meanings in Latin Popular Music. Lise Waxer. Routledge, 2002. Pg 33. ISBN 0815340192, 9780815340195]


Latin soul placed a heavy emphasis on its Afro-Cuban rhythms and featured songs sung mostly in English. The style grew out of an attempt on the part of Latin musicians in New York City to expand the reach of their music beyond the local Latin community and into the wider mainstream American society. [All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music. Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine. Backbeat Books, 2001. Pgs 122 - 124. ISBN 0879306270, 9780879306274]

Although short lived, the genre had a great influence on the growing Salsa movement which would dominate the New York Latin music scene in the 1970's. Today, the term is typically used [New York Ricans from the Hip Hop Zone.Raquel Z. Rivera. Macmillan, 2003ISBN 1403960445, 9781403960443] by Hispanic artists producing R&B or soul music.


External Links

* [ Paper on Latin Soul as a movement and it's contribution to hiphop]
* [ NYT article on Case Ameado, where many Latin soul artists collaborated]

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