As the United States is relatively a “new” country, compared to other country’s around the world, I find it interesting to discover how certain influences wove their way into our modern music genres. Joseph Odindo, an African music enthusiast, contributes African slaves as bringing Western civilizations genres such as Jazz, blues, salsa, and rumba!

Joseph Odindo notes that as Africans become prominent around the world–due to slavery–the music that they brought with them became recognized and interspersed into the already existing music traditions. We can hear this influence still today, and even see the instruments.

Moreover, in some regions, Joseph Odindo recognizes Caribbean and Latin American music genres such as rumba and salsa as being reminiscent of traditional African dance.

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