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Latin Roots: Essential Boleros

Jazz singer Dinah Washington, who popularized the song "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes."
Jazz singer Dinah Washington, who popularized the song "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes."

To hear Beat Latino host Catalina Maria Johnson tell it, the bolero is everywhere — and not just in the Spanish-speaking world. The bolero, like so many Latin styles, originated in Cuba, but it's since spread around the world.

For her look at essential boleros, Johnson plays two songs you probably know, but may not know as boleros: the international standard "Besame Mucho" and the English-language ballad "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes" from Dinah Washington.

Check out more boleros from everywhere on World Cafe's Spotify playlist.

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