i tried posting this on the "classical, etc.," site but haven't solicited a response. before it sinks out of sight i thought i'd have a go on "world music" to see if i fare any better:
on the following site;
there's a sample of what they call a puerto rican tiple which was introduced into puerto rico as a timple by farmers from the canary islands. #one source i read said the timple was introduced into the canary islands by arab mine workers in the 15th or 16th cent..
both examples of tiple music posted on the site are easily identifiable as being "south american" in flavor.
bearing in mind that the tiple was played by rural farmers in what i gather were isolated settlements on the island and also bearing in mind that the instrument and the music were imported from a place very far removed from the mainstream of musical life (canary islands) could it be that what we recognize as "latin" music may be an authentic european sound, appropriate for informal baroque music - altered only slightly during its 400 or so years in the new world?
cantigas de santa maria with salsa anyone?