GUATEMALA

A strong Spanish, but also Mexican, Colombian and Caribbean , influence is evident in the music of GUATEMALA .  The major tonality, scale-like melodies, simple chords and 6/8 meter with accents on the 3rd and 5th beats give this music its syncopated Latin feel. The Guatemalan marimba is the most distinctive and popular instrument of this country and was probably introduced from African in the late seventeenth century.