Watch Latin Music USA
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"Latin Music USA" is the documentary that aired on public television and tells the history of Latin Music in American Culture. The origins of Latin Music, becoming part of the identity of American Music, can be traced back to the 1960's with the musical styles of Cha Cha Cha and Mambo. Around the same time period these styles began to start penetrating other musical genres like Rock&Roll and R&B. This wave of Latin infusion swept coast to coast, paving the way for future Latin artists later in the 20th century. From the Caribbean the music style of Salsa started to influence the music being played in cities like New York and Miami. By the 1970's Mexican musical styles were growing in popularity, they were coming north from the Mexican Border along with the later half of the Civil Rights Movement. In the city of Chicago, where the demographics of music began to expand greatly in the 1980's, Pop music began to dominate radio charts. Latin Pop became equally popular with artists like Gloria Estefan leading the trend in this genre. At the dawn of the 21st century, Latin Music has become engrained in popular culture that has made the American music scene more diverse than ever before. From the trailblazers that played Mambo and Salsa almost fifty years ago to the hot musical beats of today's Latin Pop Artists, Latin Music has been assimilated into American Culture. This will help create new avenues of musical expression that can be heard on the Radio.