The cuatro is a small Caribbean and South American stringed instrument that descended from the Portuguese cavaquinho. “Cuatro” means “four” and most cuatros have four strings, though the instrument is adapting to its frequent use in several genres of music, from bawdy Puerto Rican guaracha to lively Trinidadian parang.

COUNTRY: Puerto Rico (U.S.), Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela
KEY GENRES: Guaracha, Joropo, Llanero, Parang, Plena

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