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From the Curators: Latin Genre Stations Update

The Curation Team at Pandora has been hard at work enhancing some of our selection of Latin genre stations and we’re very excited to share the new additions with you. Latin music is hugely popular on Pandora, with a large portion of the songs and artists requested by our listeners. Often, Latin music is thought of as a singular, all-encompassing genre, but we think this does a disservice to the wide variety of Latin music out there. Here are a couple of the stations that we’re excited to share:

Why not give our Cumbia station a spin at your next house party. Originating on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, cumbia is arguably the most popular Latin dance rhythm in the world, routinely making dance floors shake and sway across oceans and hemispheres. While many countries have successfully appropriated and adapted the cumbia in their own way, perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in Mexico, where cumbia is as common as the ranchera and the polka. This station features some of the giants of Colombian cumbia, like Lisandro Meza, La Sonora Dinamita and Aniceto Molina, as well as some of the stars of its Mexican counterpart, including artists like Fito Olivares, Celso Piña and Rigo Tovar.

If you’re looking to take your party (or workout) to the next level, try our Merengue station, which is sure to have you in a rhythmic frenzy, with BPM’s (beats per minute) at sweat-inducing levels. Merengue was born in the Dominican Republic, and like cumbia, can trace its roots to the intermingling of African, Indigenous and European cultures. Similarly to cumbia, merengue has also become one of the preferred Latin dances. This station features some of the key artists from what is considered the golden age of merengue in the late 70s and early 80s, such as Wilfrido Vargas, Los Hermanos Rosario and Kinito Mendez. Also included are the next generation of artists, like Oro Solido, Fulanito and Elvis Crespo.

We hope you enjoy these staples of Latin music, and continue discover new genres and artists here on Pandora!