Latin Traditional Music and Instruments

Folk music is different in each of the communities in the Latin area. Italian songs include many different styles to include ballads, lullabies and children’s songs, seasonal songs, life cycle songs, and occupational songs. The solo singing is common with songs with 2-3 parts sung by a single performer. Religious songs are sometimes sung in Latin. The area is known to use a greater variety of folk instruments than in other parts of Italy.
The zampogna bagpipe is typically heard only at Christmas. Common instruments include the organetto- an accordion and clarinet and the violin. There are solo dances like the “flag dances” in which the dancer passes a town flag or pennant around the neck, through the legs, behind the back, often tossing it high in the air and catching it. These dances can also be done in groups or by solo dancers.

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