Guaracha to Mambo, Soundscapes of the Early Decades (1930–1960)
Two generations span the decades between 1930 and 1960 made up of immigrant Cuban and Puerto Rican musicians, attracted to New York City because of the burgeoning entertainment and recording industries, and the growing Latino migration and community formations of those years. This first period, ranging from the later 1920s through the mid-1940s, was characterized by the prolific composition and performance of traditional Latin American musical genres like the bolero, the son, and the guaracha. The second period, extending through the 1950s, is the illustrious mambo and Cubop era, which saw the emergence of a full-scale Latin entertainment circuit in midtown Manhattan and a lively musical life in the city’s Latino neighborhoods.
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