Bolero refers to two distinct genres of slow-tempo Hispanic music and their dances. The oldest type of bolero came from Spain during the late 18th century.
The second type of bolero was also a slow musical form, from late 19th century Cuba. It was sung by itinerant trovadors (travelling singers) whose main accompaniment was the guitar.
The bolero survives today as a slow music and dance form.
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A bolero dancer by Antonio Cabral Bejarano, 1842
Julio Jaramillo, a prolific Ecuadorian bolero singer and recording artist who performed throughout Latin America.
Pepe Sánchez (guitar, left) and Emiliano Blez (tres) with three singers (standing)