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There are similarities in the types of instruments used across the Caribbean islands. The most popular instruments are percussion and drums, different types of guitar and homemade instruments.

There are many types of drums, including congas (a pair of tall, narrow, single-headed drums played with the hands) and their smaller version known as bongos.

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Soca means ‘soul-calypso’ and is an energetic, disco-influenced offshoot of salsa.

Soca is characterised by:

  • use of horns and Latin percussion with loud fast percussion beats
  • very loud bass guitar
  • repeated chord sequences
  • rhythmic nonsense words
  • lyrics about love and partying

Salsa is a lively style of dance music with African and Spanish influences that originated in Cuba.

Salsa dancing
It has:

clave rhythms (usually played by claves), which provide the rhythmic foundation
melodic and rhythmic syncopation
several one or two bar patterns each played by a different instrument
much use of Latin percussion eg bongos, congas, timbales (shallow single-headed drums) and cowbells
piano often features strongly
rhythm section with a front line of two to five horns
simple harmony based on repeated chord patterns, often in the minor key
call and response vocals
simple melodies followed by coro (improvised sections)
lyrics of love and everyday life


Is a much slower form of music than ska which emerged in the 1960s. It is characterised by:

electric guitars and drums line-up
amplified bass guitar riffs (short repeated patterns)
an association with Rastafarianism (a religious movement worshipping Haile Selassie)
characteristic rhythm in 4/4 with missing beat emphasis
use of repeated offbeat quavers
use of dub remixing techniques where effects such as delay are added
simple chord sequences
verse and chorus form
political themes in lyrics
Listen to the reggae song Freedom Fighters by Delroy Washington. Notice the repeated bass line, the rim shots and the bass drum playing on beats 2 and 4.Musical styles – Dominican Republic

Merengue was originally the national dance of the Dominican Republic and has African and Spanish influences. It is characterised by:

traditional instruments – tambora (a type of double-headed drum), guiro, cuatro, accordion
trumpets and saxophones playing an important part
a fast 2/4 beat
catchy melodies and rhythms
syncopated rhythms played by tambora
call and response
simple harmony – much use of tonic and dominant
mambo – instrumental interludes
slick choreographed stage presentation
lyrics of love and everyday life

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The Caribbean islands lie in a chain from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south. Central in the chain are the largest islands of Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico. Most of the Caribbean population are descendants of West African slaves and settlers from Europe, India and China. The music of the Caribbean differs from island to island, but each kind has its origins in a mixture of African and European influences.


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