Types Of Music In Chile

Every country has its own type of music and Chile is no exception because you will come across various types of music in Chile. You will come across folklore, classical and popular music as well. One of these is Chilean Cumbia which is a part of Chilean culture and is a part of the country’s identity. Recently the country has made certain changes and modifications to the way this type of music is played. 50 years ago such music was much more popular and Chilean was known for Chilean Cumbia and today, this has again come into the mainstream and is one of the most popular types of music in Chile.

Hip hop is another genre that you will come across in the country but the introduction of such music into Chiles is still young. This is because it was not until bands like Makiza, Los Tetas, and La Pozze Latina and other popular Chilean artists and bands that came to exist that this became of the many types of music in Chile. It was only in the 1990s that hip hop became a part of the Chilean music and though some music is and has been influenced by hip hop, the genre isn’t as popular as one would think it to be.

Sub-genres of rock music have come to exist in Chile. Though some artists sought to imitate rock and roll in the US in the 1950s, they did not succeed until the 1960s when popular bands became famous for the production of such music in the country. Famous rock artists were inclusive of people like Violeta Parra and Victor Jarra. In the 70s a military coup took place and Chile was under a dictator and so, rock and other types of music in Chile were not able to grow the way they could have because rock music was banned in the country at this point. Later, in the 1980s various groups came to exist and Chilean bands were internationally known and recognized by many in the world. Technology has introduced another sub-genre where rock is concerned- electro- rock and many bands such as Ladytron and Less Than Jake came to exist amongst other types of music in Chile.

Chilean folklore music saw a revival between the 1930s and 1960s. Initially it was quite popular but since not many artists continued playing such music, it stagnated and was no longer as popular as it used to be. Between the 30s and the 60s a band by the name of Los Cuatro Huasos brought folklore music back to life and another form of folklore music came to be- folklore country. This genre was quite popular and even people in the US and other South American countries loved folklore and folklore country.

Some music did have political motivations but there were those that did not, too.

Hence, as you can see, there are many types of music in Chile and the country has a lot of talent where music is concerned.