The term Latin percussion refers to any number of a large family of musical instruments in the percussion, membranophone, lamellophone and/or idiophone family used in Latin music, which in turn is a very loosely related group of musical styles, mainly from the Latin American region, and ultimately having roots or influences in African music.

Particular instrumentsEdit

Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican stylesEdit

Folkloric and SanteriaEdit

20-21st century music (Salsa, Son Montuno, Bolero, etc.)Edit

South AmericaEdit

Neo Samba and Neo-Bossa Nova additionsEdit

Andean styles (Peru, Bolivia, South Ecuador, Argentina, Chile)Edit

Coastal Peruvian and Afro-PeruvianEdit



Merengue and Bacha-rengueEdit


Other CaribbeanEdit

Honduran Punta & Folkloric musicEdit

Guatemalan & Salvadoran folkloreEdit

Cumbia (Colombia, Mexico, El Salvador, etc.)Edit




External linksEdit

There are far too many instruments in this sub-family of percussion to list all of them here, however there is more information in the links below. For more information: