Riqueza Del Barrio: Puerto Rican Music in the United States

from  Afropop Worldwide

Dec 10, 2015


[APWW #509] [Originally aired in 2006] Once Puerto Ricans became U.S. citizens in 1917, El Barrio sprang up in New York. By the 1930s, they were the dominant Latin group in the city. Tito Puente, born on 110th St. in 1923, was the first important Latin star who was a native speaker of English. Puerto Ricans’ distinctive way of playing popular Cuban styles became, almost paradoxically, an expression of Puerto Rican national identity, even as traditional Puerto Rican bomba and plena became a fami...more

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