What is the ethnic background of singer Mariah Carey?

The Grammy-winning pop music star Mariah Carey was born in 1970 in New York City.

Her father was a Venezuelan of African descent, her mother Irish. She is the latest in a long tradition of musicians of South American descent who made it big in the United States.

Another is Bolivian violinist Jaime Laredo (born in 1941), who has toured internationally to great success since the 1950s. He has lived in the United States since coming here to study the violin at age seven in 1948.