Music plays a huge part in Hispanic culture – and, from salsa and tango to reggaeton, it’s now enjoying global success, with music in Spanish now the second most consumed in the world, after music in English. ‘Latin music’ as a term has become a catch-all for the music that comes from Spanish and Portuguese-speaking areas of the world. But it covers a mass of different genres – so what’s the story behind them?
The journey of Latin music history begins with indigenous styles and instruments, and wends its way through languages, cultures, peoples and distinct landscapes to create a world of different genres to explore. We’ll take you through its evolution and rich musical heritage, from the Mayans to Carmen Miranda, all the way to Bad Bunny being the world’s most-streamed artist for three years in a row.