Latino Music

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, explore collections and resources about Latino 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 the U.S. Latino communities) is equally defined by the influences of indigenous, African, and other European cultures.

Highlights of Latino 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 the Latino and Latin American music resources in the Smithsonian's collection. 

 

Header image credit: Tiple, Puerto Rico, early 20th century, National Museum of American History, Gift of Teodoro Vidal.

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