This CD brings together examples of the rich and diverse music of South America. It also includes three tracks taken from the distinguished series of recordings of Flamenco music, thereby recognising the historical link between Spain and Latin America established initially by Columbus' discovery of South America. Although the conquistadors imposed their own culture on the natives of the New World they could not obliterate completely the traditions of the Indians. As well as the Hispanic influence on the music of South America there is also the African element brought about as a result of the slave trade. The African contribution is primarily to be found in the sycopated rhythms and is especially concentrated in Brazil and the Caribbean.



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