Latin Music

Explore collections and resources related to Latin music. A rich variety of cultures and musical styles fall into this category, and while Spanish colonialism introduced a strong Spanish influence to Latino culture—hence the term 'Hispanic'—the musical legacy of Latin American (and U.S. Latino communities) is equally defined by the influences of Indigenous, African, and other European cultures.

Latin Music Legends Stamp Collection

Sampler of Latin Music Collections at the Smithsonian

Vazquez Cuatro, Puerto Rico, 1999-2000,  National Museum of American History.
Vazquez Cuatro, Puerto Rico, 1999-2000,  National Museum of American History.

View a sample of Latino and Latin American music resources in Smithsonian collections. 

 

This spotlight was created by Kate Duffus Stein on behalf of Smithsonian Music.