How Vives' signature blend of indigineous rhythms and contemporary sounds came to influence Latin music at large

One of the signatures of Latin pop today is the use of traditional instrumentation--from drums to flutes to accordions--in the mix. Listen to Shakira, Juanes, Gloria Estefan and even Don Omar, Pitbull and Daddy Yankee, and you'll hear at least one track that incorporates either regional genres (vallenato, cumbia, salsa) or instruments.

But it wasn't always so.

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