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Martin Meraz Garcia

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Chicano Education


Music is something that is constantly changing along with its listeners. What is unique about music is the affects it can have on communities and specific groups of people while in return, those people change the future music that will be released in the future. As the Latino population grows in the U.S., the impact felt by the culture follows suit. Latinx musical elements are becoming an integrated part of American popular music which coincides with the increasing presence of Latinos in America. This paper will describe the traits present in Latino music and relate them to developing traits in modern American music. Celebration and cultural pride for example, are some of the most common themes from traditional Latinx music and are present in some of the most popular music in modern-day America. The sources used in this study are peer reviewed journal articles and textbooks as well as Billboard’s online archive.

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