A live performance of Mexico’s mega-star performing one of her most popular songs. The song dates from the early 90s, but this performance appears to be about 15 years later. I saw her live at the Universal Amphitheater some time around 2004, and there was the same adulation from the crowd. Notice the entire audience knows every word of the song.
I just read a novel in which two Mexicans are stranded in Montreal, and eat every night at a restaurant called Jalisco No Te Rajes. Turns out it’s a famous song from a famous 1940s movie. I assume this is a clip from that film… A nice scene from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.
Cartel de Santa is one of Mexico’s top hip-hop groups. The video is framed by clips from then president Felipe Calderón speaking about a violent act attributed to Miguel Angel Treviño, the Zetas cartel leader who was arrested just recently.
They are appearing on August 9 at a Music festival in Monterrey.
I always find Banda music to be a lot of fun. These guys take it a step further with their wild costumes and cute video. If the instrumentation sounds like a German polka band, it’s not a coincidence. That’s what banda music is… only Mexican.
Despite the name, I believe they’re a Mexican group. I couldn’t find a live performance, but this is one of my favorite cumbia songs, so I posted it anyway.
Here’s an old-school singer we can appreciate for her camp value, or her straightforward artistry, depending on our mood. This is probably her most famous song. Translated as Rat With 2 Feet, it’s directed at her ex-husband, and features the nastiest, most vicious lyrics I’ve ever heard… wrapped in a sweetly delivered tune.
The first time I heard this group, it was on the radio as I was pulling into the parking lot at the dry cleaner. I dashed into the store and begged a nice Mexican woman to come out and tell me who was singing.
Ever since then, I have been a huge fan of this Norteño/Tejano (according to Wikipedia) band from northern Mexico. The music is always light and cheerful, and I adore Alicia Villareal’s sweet vocal style. The band broke up a few years ago, when Alicia went on to a solo career… More to come on that subject.