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The Rhythm is Gonna Get You!

En español | It starts with the beat. The pulsating rhythms have taken various forms — mambo, salsa, tango and muchos más — but one constant of Latin music is the sense of vibrancy. You can’t help but get up and move and feel alive. On today’s charts, Latin music’s influence shows up with frequency, built upon the foundation laid by talented, pioneering musicians who brought their cultural influences, and that rhythm in their souls to the masses. 

     

Carlos Santana playing a guitar

Carlos Santana, Natural Mystic

A look at the guitar legend's magical, musical journey

split image of Ricky Martin and Shakira both performing onstage, with the label Pop Latino

Latin Music in America: Through the Years

A timeline of the origins and styles that comprise the genre

     

Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan on 'Rescuing' Some of the Cuban Sound

The Miami Sound Machine hitmaker recalls her influences and her and husband Emilio's fallback plan

Gloria Molina, Gabriel Abaroa, Jr. and Soledad O'Brien

The Music of My Life: Rhythm, Melody and Personal Impact

Gloria Molina, Gabriel Abaroa, Jr. and Soledad O'Brien on how music shaped them

     

Jose Feliciano performing on 'The Engelbert Humperdinck Show' in 1969.

José Feliciano: "Music to Me was Everything"

The Grammy-winner played guitar just for the love of it, and found a path to stardom

Edward James Olmos attends the premiere of FX's

Edward James Olmos: Remembering Selena

The actor discusses the unparalleled talent of the late Tejano singer

John Santos (C) performs

John Santos Traces His Rhythmic Roots

The prolific percussionist says being immersed in music from an early age helped define him

Sheila E in episode 305 of ‘Little Big Shots.’

Sheila E. on Breaking Down Barriers as a Female Drummer

Music has always been a family affair for the goddaughter of Tito Puente

Linda Ronstadt en concierto en la televisión, 1987.

Linda Ronstadt: Spanish is the Language You Sing in

The multi-platinum recording artist on her pivot to Spanish language records

Oscar Hernandez perform with Margon Rey live at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill & Jazz on December 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Oscar Hernandez on the Importance of Inclusivity

The Grammy-winning composer discusses the historic lack of Latino representation on Broadway

¿En qué trabajaban antes de ser famosos? Julio Iglesias

Julio Iglesias: "I Was Never a Natural Musician"

The Spanish heartthrob took an unusual path to stardom

Sergio Mendes and his band Brasil 66, circa 1970.

Sergio Mendes Demystifies Bossa Nova's Appeal

The Grammy-winning musician reflects on the sensuality and sophistication of Brazilian music

Musician Poncho Sanchez performs onstage during Day 3 of the BeachLife Festival at Redondo Beach on May 03, 2019 in Redondo Beach, California.

Poncho Sanchez: Latin Jazz is the Best of Both Worlds

Percussionist on what makes that fusion so exceptional

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