Cuban music has been popular in sub-Saharan Africa since the mid twentieth century. It was Cuban music that more than any other, that provided the initial template for Afropop. To the Africans, clave-based Cuban popular music sounded both familiar and exotic.The Encyclopedia of Africa v. 1. states:
"Beginning in the 1940s, Afro-Cuban [son] groups such as Septeto Habanero and Trio Matamoros gained widespread popularity in the Congo region as a result of airplay over Radio Congo Belge, a powerful radio station based in Léopoldville (now Kinshasa DRC). A proliferation of music clubs, recording studios, and concert appearances of Cuban bands in Léopoldville spurred on the Cuban music trend during the late 1940s and 1950s."
Congolese bands started doing Cuban covers and singing the lyrics phonetically. Soon, they were creating their own original Cuban-like compositions, with French lyrics. The Congolese called this new music rumba, although it was really based on the son. The Africans adapted guajeos to electric guitars, and gave them their own regional flavor. The guitar-based music gradually spread out from the Congo, increasingly taking on local sensibilities. This process eventually resulted in the establishment of several different distinct regional genres, such as soukous.
Cuban popular music played a major role in the development of many contemporary genres of African popular music. John Storm Roberts states: "It was the Cuban connection, but increasingly also New York salsa, that provided the major and enduring influences—the ones that went deeper than earlier imitation or passing fashion. The Cuban connection began very early and was to last at least twenty years, being gradually absorbed and re-Africanized." The re-working of Afro-Cuban rhythmic patterns by Africans brings the rhythms full circle.
Let me explain why programming isnt
But it is for foreigners.
Lets start with the foreigners. Some of them grew up listening to US pop music (80s pop music, hehe). They spent their last dollars on McDonalds. They wore Levis. They dreamed of coming to America...want anything that is American.
And then, one day, someone tells them "more foreign programmers are admitted to the US than foreign finance majors." And they choose programming as their major! Amazing!
Now, let's look at the Americans. Someone tells them "more foreign programmers are admitted to the US that foreign finance majors. So many, in fact, that your programming classes will be mostly foreigners wanting to immigrate, and your wage will fall in half as soon as Congress decides to raise the H1-B cap
Neon Trees Drummer Talks 80s Pop, Religion and Wagamama Ahead of Boston .. — BostInno
EB: It's kind of cool because we have alternative sounds mixed with 80s pop music, but we're a rock band. I suppose, “Duran Duran meets the Killers" describes us pretty well, actually.