The music of the Spanish-speaking world covers a number of genres, the most salient being reggaetón, cumbia, bachata, salsa, tango, merengue, flamenco, vallenato, ranchera and folclore. The most popular artists of today include Ozuna, Rosalía, Bad Bunny, Nicky Jam, Maluma, Becky G, Natti Natasha, Shakira, Daddy Yankee and J Balvin. Reggaetón is by far the most popular music in Spanish and has become the most-listened-to style of music in the world reaching far beyond Spanish-speaking audiences. If you are unfamiliar with the music of the Spanish-speaking world, you will find below a selection of music artists to suit a range of musical tastes. You will also find information about Movimientos which organises Latin American music events in this country.
la música del mundo hispano
16 music artists and bands to help you learn Spanish
The veteran troubadour, born in France of Spanish heritage, Manu Chao sings in several languages, but mostly in Spanish. The majority of his songs deal with political and social issues.
Calle 13 are a duo from Puerto Rico. Their music is known for its strong political and social commentary that combines rap with a broad range of musical influences from around the world.
Shakira is a versatile music artist who was born and raised in Barranquilla on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Often referred to as the Queen of Latin Music, Shakira has sold over 75 million records.
Nicky Jam is one of the most successful reggaetón artists. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, he now lives in Medellín, Colombia. There is a documentary series about his life on Netflix, called El Ganador.
Juanes is a Colombian singer-songwriter and guitarist who has achieved worlwide recognition. One of his most popular songs is La Camisa Negra from his album, Mi Sangre.
Ozuna is a Puerto Rican singer whose musical style is primarily reggaetón, although he has collaborated with many artists of other genres. His singing style is similar to the bachata artist, Romeo Santos.
Bomba Esteréo are a Colombian band led by the Santa Marta-born singer and rapper Liliana "Li" Saumet. Their musical style can best be described as electro with influences of cumbia music.
Rosalía is a Spanish singer and songwriter from Barcelona. Her music is essentially a modern interpretation of flamenco mixed with urban music, a formula that has brought flamenco to new audiences.
Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican artist and a major exponent of trap latino and reggaetón. Known for his deep, slurred vocal style, Bad Bunny is one of the most successful Latin American artists globally.
Enrique Iglesias is the son of Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. A singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, he has been called the King of Latin Pop. His partner is the tennis player Anna Kournikova.
Choquibtown are a Colombian group that fuses hip-hop with Latin American styles. The name Choquibtown relates to Chocó on the Pacific coast of Colombia from where the group members originate.
Café Tacuba are a rock band from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico. Active since 1989, Café Tacuba were originally influenced by British alternative rock bands but have since incorporated traditional Mexican styles.
Ana Tijoux is the daughter of Chilean parents living in political exile in France during the Pinochet dictatorship. Now based in Chile, Ana Tijoux is a rapper whose songs have a strong political message.
Lila Downs was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to an indigenous mother and a US university professor. A political activist as well as a singer-songwriter, her songs incorporate a range of traditional music styles.
Daddy Yankee is known as the King of Reggaetón. It was Daddy Yankee who first coined the term reggaetón in 1994 to describe the emerging style that blended hip-hop and reggae with Puerto Rican music.
Natti Natasha is a Dominican singer and songwriter. Her styles of music are primarily bachata and reggaetón. Natti has collaborated with other music artists including Ozuna for the single Criminal.
Live Latin Music Events and Clubnights / Record Label and Artist Agency
Movimientos is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to programming and promoting Latin American events in the UK. It also has its own record label: Movimientos Records. Movimientos aims to broaden public perceptions of Latin American music beyond mainstream genres by helping new artists at the cutting edge of the music scene gain exposure. Movimientos also works with independent filmmakers and organisations by showcasing films that highlight issues and raise awareness about Latin America.
To find out more about Movimientos
To hear the best in new Latin American music you can listen to the Movimientos DJs Cal Jader and Arias on Mixcloud