Africa, the “cradle of civilization,” houses the second largest continent with 1.3 billion people in fifty-four countries. There are well over a thousand ethnic groups who speak more than three thousand languages and linguistic variations living in land rich with 30% of the planet’s mineral resources.
(excerpt from Anyanwu 2023 doctoral dissertation “All the Salsa in Between…”)
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African music and dance is a spontaneous eruption of cultural expression of self and traditions. The Afro-Latinos fusion and manifestation of their African musical and rhythmic DNA is apparent in its diverse intangible cultural traditions in music and dance.