Where do the Latin Dances cumbia and tango come from?

Both Latin dances cumbia and tango come from South America.

The cumbia comes from Colombia, where bands called vallenato ensembles play the music that goes with it. Instruments include a diatonic button accordion, drums, shakers, and scrapers.

The music combines Spanish, Native American, and African influences.

The tango is a graceful, romantic ballroom dance that originated in Argentina and spread to international popularity in the early twentieth century.

Like the cumbia, it is popular among Hispanic Americans from many countries.

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