Grupo Limite – Solo Contigo

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.

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Akwid – No Hay Manera

Cool video of a great song by Mexican-American hip-hop band Akwid. The combination of traditional norteño instrumentation and vocal style with the hip-hop beat is smart and unique. Sorry about the ad at the beginning, but I promise it’s worth it.

Los Tucanes de Tijuana – El Tucanazo

A lively song by Los Tucanes de Tijuana, probably the most popular Norteño band in Mexico. Hugely successful, they can fill stadiums on either side of the border. There has been some controversy over the years, though, over whether they have had ties to major figures in the drug trade.