History of Latino-Caribbean Music
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Polyrhythm is the simultaneous sounding of two or more independent rhythms.

Traditional African music is known for its use of polyrhythms, especially the music of West Africa. Polyrhythms can also be found extensively in the music of the Latin-Caribbean. Further influence of African culture in Latin-Caribbean music can be seen through its use of call and response, a traditional African music technique often incorporated into polyrhythmic music. This technique uses different drum lines and other musical instruments, as well as dancing and voices. Some researchers believe that polyrhythmic music symbolizes the African tradition of egalitarian societies, in which many different voices are heard. Just as polyrhythmic music has simultaneous beat cycles of different scale, African architecture, sculpture and other designs have similar geometric patterns at different scales known as Fractals.

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