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Definitions of Styles and Genres

Definitions of Styles and Genres

The CBMR documents, collects, preserves, and disseminates information about black music and the black musical experience in all parts of the world. Click links below to discover brief definitions of some genres and styles studied at the Center.

Blues
Bomba y Plena
Calypso
Children's Game Songs
Country Music
Gospel Music 
Jazz
Merengue/Meringue
Musical Theater and Dance
Opera and Concert Music
Punta
Ragtime
Rap and Hip Hop
Reggae
Rhythm and Blues
Rock
Salsa
Samba
Secular and Sacred Folk Music
Son
Traditional and Contemporary Music from Africa
Zydeco