History of Latin Music Latin music has exceptional rhythm and character, with a rich mixture of vocal and instrumental leads. What we know as Latin music is the outcome of a complex historical and social process that came out after Columbus set foot in the Americas many years ago. Despite much of the turbulent history that followed, one of the positive results that came about from the process is the Latin music of today. The social environment and cultural mix brought about one of the best genres of music world wide.
The history of Latin music starts with the influence from indigenous music such as from the Mayas who had a great interest in music and produced all kind of wind and percussion instruments. Many of the Pre-Columbine cultures used wind instruments, with all types of flutes made throughout the continent. Much of this original musical expression can be seen today in some of the more traditional Latin music such as the Andean music of South America.