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Music of Honduras is very varied. Punta is the main "ritmo" of Honduras with other music such as Paranda, Bachata, Caribbean salsa, cumbia, reggae, merengue, and reggaeton widely heard especially in the North, to Mexican rancheras heard in the interior rural part of the country.
Honduras' capital Tegucigalpa is an important center for modern Honduran music, and is home to the College for Fine Arts.
Folk music is played with guitar, marimba and other instruments. Punta is popular in Honduras.Popular folk songs include La ceiba and Candú.
There is an Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Honduras (a national orchestra) in Comayagua.
Reggaeton has been popular in the country for many years, and Honduras has emerged as a leading producer of artists. Notable artists include:
The music of Latin America refers to music originating from Latin America, namely the Romance-speaking countries and territories of the Americas and the Caribbean south of the United States. Latin American music also incorporates African music from enslaved African people who were transported from West and Central Africa to the Americas by European settlers. As well as music from the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Due to its highly syncretic nature, Latin American music encompasses a wide variety of styles, including influential genres such as cumbia, bachata, bossa nova, merengue, rumba, salsa, samba, son, and tango. During the 20th century, many styles were influenced by the music of the United States giving rise to genres such as Latin pop, rock, jazz, hip hop, and reggaeton.
The music of Puerto Rico has evolved as a heterogeneous and dynamic product of diverse cultural resources. The most conspicuous musical sources have been Spain and West Africa, although many aspects of Puerto Rican music reflect origins elsewhere in Europe and the Caribbean. Puerto Rican music culture today comprises a wide and rich variety of genres, ranging from essentially indigenous genres like bomba to recent hybrids like Latin trap and reggaeton. Broadly conceived, the realm of "Puerto Rican music" should naturally comprise the music culture of the millions of people of Puerto Rican descent who have lived in the United States, and especially in New York City. Their music, from salsa to the boleros of Rafael Hernández, cannot be separated from the music culture of Puerto Rico itself.
The music of Belize has a mix of Creole, Mestizo, Garìfuna, Mayan and European influences.
The Garifuna people, are a mixed African and indigenous people who are descended from the Black Caribs, who lived on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, and speak Garifuna, an Arawakan language.
Reggaeton, also known as reggaetón and reguetón, is a music style that originated in Puerto Rico during the mid-1990s. It has evolved from dancehall and has been influenced by American hip hop, Latin American, and Caribbean music. Vocals include rapping and singing, typically in Spanish.
Music of Nicaragua is a mixture of indigenous and European, especially Spanish, influences. Musical instruments include the marimba and others that are common across Central America. Pop music includes Cuban, Brazilian, Mexican and Panamanian performers, as well as those from Europe and the United States.
The country of Costa Rica has many kinds of music.
Andrés Montañez Rodríguez, better known as Andy Montañez, is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter.
The wealth of cultural expression in Honduras owes its origins primarily to being a part of Latin America but also to the multi-ethnic nature of the country. The population comprises 85% Mestizo, 7% Caucasian, 6% Amerindian, and 2,9% Black. This influences all facets of the culture: customs, practices, ways of dressing, religion, rituals, codes of behavior and belief systems.
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez, known professionally as Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter and rapper. He is known as the "King of Reggaetón" by music critics and fans alike. Daddy Yankee is the artist who coined the word reggaeton in 1994 to describe the new music genre that was emerging from Puerto Rico that synthesized hip-hop, Latin Caribbean music, and reggae rhythms with Spanish rapping and singing. He is often cited as an influence by other Latin urban performers.
Punta is an Afro-indigenous dance and music originated by the Garifuna people of Saint Vincent (Antilles) with African and Arawak elements.
Punta Cana is a resort town in the easternmost region of the Dominican Republic. It is part of the Veron-Punta Cana municipal district, in the Higüey municipality of La Altagracia Province. According to the 2010 census, this district had a population of 43,982 inhabitants.
Maicol & Manuel were a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo. They have their origins in the first wave of reggaeton artists as early as 1991. The duo have released countless songs on many various artists compilations. They worked with DJ Eric Industry and DJ Negro. In addition they have recorded and released albums such as Yakaleo and El Desquite.
Jowell & Randy are a Puerto Rican reggaeton duo composed of Joel Muñoz and Randy Ortiz. The duo have been active since the early-2000s and have become one of the most popular acts in reggaeton. They have released three studio albums, five mixtapes and twenty-three singles as of June 2017. They were also members of the short-lived group Casa de Leones alongside J King & Maximan and Guelo Star. They became the first reggaeton acts to perform in the Principality of Monaco and the first reggaeton duo to do so in Australia.
Austin Agustín Santos, better known by his stage name Arcángel, is an American singer and songwriter. He was born in New York City to Dominican parents. He and his family moved to Puerto Rico and after turning 12, he began moving back and forth between New York City and Puerto Rico. He returned to Puerto Rico in 2002, interested in becoming a performer of reggaeton, a contemporary Latin American urban music genre. While living in Puerto Rico, he would eventually form part of a popular then-underground reggaeton act, Arcángel & De La Ghetto. The duo went on to make songs that became popular among reggaeton fans in the United States and Puerto Rico, including "Agresivo", "Sorpresa" and "Mi Fanática" during the mid-2000s.
Manuel Lillo Torregrosa is a Spanish composer born in 1940 in San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante. He joined the Banda Sinfónica Municipal de Madrid in 1959, and became E-flat clarinet soloist for them. He was also a member of the Orquesta Nacional de España and founder of the LIM contemporary music group.
"Sopa de Caracol" is a song performed by Honduran musical ensemble Banda Blanca. The song was originally written by Belizean singer Hernan "Chico" Ramos, and translated to Spanish by Banda Blanca. It was released by EMI Latin in 1991 and achieved international success, peaking at number-one in the Billboard Top Latin Songs in the United States. The song included elements of Garífuna and punta that has been used as a promotion for the chamagü (ladino) region of Honduras. Thanks to the song, Banda Blanca became the best-known Honduran band.
Banda Blanca is a Honduran Latin American music group. The band is originally from Honduran musical ensemble formed on January 17, 1971. They began as a rock band, but eventually integrated elements of merengue and Punta rock to their music. The name of the band came after Antonio Lungas wanted a band to perform at the night club named "Garzas Blancas", and afterwards the band decided to mix the names, creating Banda Blanca. The band rose to fame in early 1990 when their song "Sopa de Caracol" became an international success, peaking at number-one in the Billboard Top Latin Songs in the United States. They also released the songs "Fiesta" and "Swing Latino", reaching the American charts. Their album, Baila Blanca, became a number-one hit on the Tropical Albums chart. The group received a Lo Nuestro award for "Tropical – New Artist of the Year".
Urbano music or Latin urban is a transnational umbrella category including many different genres and styles. As an umbrella term it includes reggaeton, dancehall, dembow, urban champeta, Funk carioca, Latin hip hop, and Latin trap. The commercial breakthrough of this music took place in 2017. Artists in the style collaborate transnationally, and may originate from the United States including Puerto Rico in particular, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Venezuela or other Spanish-speaking nations, as well as Portuguese-speaking Brazil.