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charanga

[ chuh-rahng-guh; Spanish chah-rahng-gah ]
/ tʃəˈrɑŋ gə; Spanish tʃɑˈrɑŋ gɑ /
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noun
a type of Cuban dance music performed by violins, flutes, timbales, simple percussion instruments, piano, double bass, and vocalists.
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Origin of charanga

First recorded in 1925–30; from Latin American Spanish (Cuba, Puerto Rico), shortening of charanga francesca “French band, Haitian Creole band,” from Spanish charanga “brass band, informal orchestra” + francesca “French.” Refugees from Haiti fleeing the Haitian Revolution in the early 19th century introduced the music and dance form into Cuba; see origin at charango
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British Dictionary definitions for charanga

charanga
/ (ˌtʃæˈræŋɡə) /

noun
a type of orchestra used in performing traditional Cuban music

Word Origin for charanga

Spanish
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