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Independent Lens . POLKA TIME . The Polka. Polka originated as a Czech peasant dance.

Independent Lens . POLKA TIME . The Polka

Historic folklore has it that a peasant girl named Anna Slezak invented the steps one day for her own amusement. The word “pulka” is derived from the Czech phrase for “half-step,” which refers to the dance pattern of lightly stepping from one foot to the other. The polka dance was first introduced to Prague ballrooms in 1835, and to Paris ballrooms in 1840. French dancers took to polka immediately, and it soon grew wildly popular.

Polka eventually reached England and the United States by the late 1840s. From accordionist Lawrence Welk to the bands seen in POLKA TIME, live music remains an integral part to any polka dance. Pennsylvania Polka. KnowLA, Encyclopedia of Louisiana. D.L.

KnowLA, Encyclopedia of Louisiana

Menard, sometimes called the “Cajun Hank Williams,” is one of the best-known Cajun songwriters. Learn more » Cajun music is an accordion- and fiddle-based, largely francophone folk music originating in southwestern Louisiana. Most people identify Cajun music with Louisiana’s Acadian settlers and their descendants, the Cajuns, but this music in fact refers to an indigenous mixture with complex roots in Irish, African, German, Appalachian as well as Acadian traditions. As distinct from zydeco music, Cajun music is most often performed by white musicians.

Instrumentation Cajun music is marked by its exclusive use of the diatonic accordion (zydeco musicians, in contrast, use either the triple-row, chromatic, or diatonic accordion). A typical modern Cajun band, performing for a public dance, includes accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums. Style Songs. KnowLA, Encyclopedia of Louisiana.

Para Su Musica Regional Mexican Music. Click to enlarge The origins of Tejano Music is arguably one the largest debates among fans of this music genre.

Para Su Musica Regional Mexican Music

From dinner table discussions with my father & brother to online forums, chat groups and wiki articles I dug deep looking for an end all description for the Tejano Music Genre. What I discovered was a conflicting timeline of events and an even more confusing set of definitions. I posted the results of my research here combining only the information I found cited from four or more sources to hopefully bring you a brief yet accurate account of Tejano Music History. Tejano (Spanish for "Texan") and Tex-Mex music are names given to various forms of music combining influences from country music, rhythm and blues, and popular Latin styles originating among the Mexican-descended Tejanos of Central and South Texas.

A brief excursion to grade school world history will enumerate the geographical origin of Tejano music. << index Liked this news post? Posted: (0) Posted by Admin. "THE TEXAS TORNADOS " en vivo en Austin Tx. Salsa - History and Overview of Salsa Music. By Tijana Ilich Updated September 11, 2016.

Salsa - History and Overview of Salsa Music

Salsa is a word that inspires an instant reaction in Latin music lovers everywhere. It is the rhythm, the dance, the musical excitement that sends millions of normally sedate non-Latinos to the dance floor where they meet their Latin neighbors, who are too busy enjoying the music to notice. Birthplace of Salsa There’s a lot of debate about the place where salsa was born. But there’s little doubt that if salsa had a passport, the date of birth would be the 1960s and stamped under place of birth would be New York, New York. Evolution of Salsa Between 1930 and 1960 there were musicians from Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico and South America coming to New York to perform. continue reading below our video They brought their own native rhythms and musical forms with them, but as they listened to each other and played music together, the musical influences mixed, fused and evolved.

Of course, this musical hybridization was not a one-way street. Salsa songs- Amor para mi- Salsa music. Edward Havel Rhetoric of Reggae Research Paper Professor Alfred Snider (Tuna) Drums and Bass Guitar: The Foundation of Reggae Music Reggae is a style of music that needs a strong backbone and a strong driving force.

That is, the drums are the backbone and the bass guitar is the driving force. The drums are one of the most important instruments in reggae music. The reggae drum set is essentially a compacted form of all African drum and percussion elements. . ( This is Bob Marley and the Wailers playing a show. “Percussionist, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson keeps Ziggy's rhythm light and danceable” ( This is an example of what a percussion player’s set up may look like. Reggae drums have fairly flexible guidelines. Another style of drumming is called Rockers invented by drum and bass duo, Sly and Robbie. If you listen to variety of reggae songs, you will realize that the drums sound more or less the same.

In these “empty spaces” between the beats, there is lots of syncopation. . ( (King, Foster 63) Reggae music mix. Native American Musical Instruments. Drums of Thunder (Native American Music) Mountain Spirits.