Spanish exhibit in Miami explores complex history of Latin American music

Music is woven into the fabric of daily life in Latin America. Hit songs boom from car radios and nightclub DJ booths. Children’s rhyming rounds fill playgrounds. Folk music with centuries-old roots echoes in plazas.

From Colombian vallenato to Mexican ranchera, Cuban son, Argentine tango and beyond, a vast array of genres are potent symbols of national identity.

Those everyday pleasures grow out of a complex, 500-year history, as the music of European conquerors, indigenous peoples and African slaves met and mingled. That history is explored in A Tres Bandas, an exhibition opening Thursday at the Centro Cultural Español in downtown Miami that runs through Oct. 27.

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