genre of Latin music, Cuban origin

Bolero refers to two distinct genres of slow-tempo Hispanic music and their dances.[1] The oldest type of bolero came from Spain during the late 18th century.

The second type of bolero was also a slow musical form, from late 19th century Cuba. It was sung by itinerant trovadors (travelling singers) whose main accompaniment was the guitar.

The bolero survives today as a slow music and dance form.

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  1. Carpentier, Alejo 2001 [1945]. Music in Cuba. Minneapolis MN.