South America is a continent located in the Western, Southern Hemisphere. It is considered a subcontinent of the Americas, comprising twelve sovereign states: Argentina, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela and two non-sovereign areas, French Guiana and the Falkland Islands (Wikipedia).
The continent's cultural and ethnic outlook is a product of the interaction of indigenous peoples with European conquerors and immigrants and, more locally, with African slaves. It was colonized for a long period of time hence majority of the population speak Portuguese or Spanish, with assimilation of the western traditions by most societies.
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It is sung in English and is very prevalent in the Caribbean region.
Tango incorporates a particular language, customs and usage and a certain philosophy. It originated from European immigrants and combined result of cultural amalgamation. It is the most famous dance and song of Argentina.
Choro and Sertaneja Music from Brazil
Choro originated in Rio de Janeiro during the 19th century, became popular in the 1930s but it lost its appeal during the Bossa Nova boom. It is played with guitars, flute and cavaquinho. This combination produces a very pleasant music for the ear.
Sertaneja music is like the US country music. It has its origins in the sertao and caipira music, two traditional Brazilian music styles. Other Brazilian traditional rhythms include Maracatu, Afoxe, Frevo and Forro.
Cumbia from Colombia
Cumbia rhythm came from the Atlantic coast of the Colombia during the 19th century. It offers a heavy percussion which is nicely combined with large guitar flutes. It has been extensively adopted as a musical expression in modern Mexican popular music.
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Cuban Son was born in the Cuban country side. It was originally played with guitars and percussion instruments such as clave and maracas. Today Cuban Son is an essential ingredient of the musical mix, salsa. Danzon rhythm is a perfect combination of European sounds and African influences. It evolved from contradanza and habanera styles Plena and Bomba from Puerto Rico
These music is based on the country life. They are heavily charged with African influences hence drums are a major component. Bomba surged in northern Puerto Rico but, plena evolved in the southern, coastal part of the country.
Ranchera and Son from Mexico Ranchera is in totality one of the most popular styles of traditional Latin American music. Originally, it was played by a single guitar player but later became closely related to a full Mariachi band. Ranchera became very influential in promotion of Mexican culture during the troubling times of the Mexican Revolution
Mexican Son was developed two centuries before Ranchera. It was influenced by indigenous elements as well as African and Spanish traditions. It is a flexible musical style whose sounds are heavily shaped by the different regions where it is played.