Mexico - Cinco de Mayo Music!

Classical Guitar

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Music to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

Mexican music terms can sometimes be a bit confusing. During the Mexican-American war (1840’s) Corrido was the popular musical form, which are long ballads that narrate issues (popular or political) of the times and it also celebrates heroic stories. Almost the entire war was played using corridos. As the years went by, music evolved into different styles. Themes changed and they often sang about migrant workers that worked north of the border, but they included stories of those in the drug trade causing them to become topics of great controversy.

Mexico’s history has many different musical styles and influences. Norteno (means northern) bands is one of the popular forms of music in urban and rural areas of northern Mexico. The polka was another major influence on Mexican music played by norteno bands. Tejano music is similar to norteno but evolved around Mexico-Texas border and it has more of a modern sound having the addition of hip-hop and disco elements. Banda bands are big band style with brass ensembles with heavy emphasis on the percussion. The bands usually consist of 10-20 members

I am displaying several videos of the different types of music found in Mexico and this is what you might here played at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

Juan Acuña Y El Terror Del Norte – Me Siento Picudo

Norteno Music from the 1960s

The above video is some of the first Norteno music, which was very popular, but when I listened to today’s norteno music it was entirely different, It was what I would refer to as gangster rap. The singer used his middle finger a lot and the language would get me kicked off Hubpages.

Golpes en el Corazon - Los Tigres del Norte & Paulina Rubio

Classical Guitar

Personally, I have always been fond of Spanish classical guitar music. The grandfather of guitars used most often for classical music known as the nylon string guitar has been used for over four centuries with the shape being the same for 100 years. Its unique sound is due to the nylon strings. It typically has 6 nylon strings with the 3 base-strings being wound with a metal thread. The classical guitar is well known for its encircling finger picking technique. This allows the solo rendition of melody, harmony and the polyphony.

This guitar is unique because of the strings are plucked with the fingers or finger nails, and the shape of the guitar a bit different,and because of the the construction and material. All types of music may be played on this guitar although classical is part of the instrument’s core repertoire. Sometimes the term modern classical guitar (also known as the Spanish Guitar) is used to distinguish the classical guitar from older forms of guitar such as the baroque guitars with only 5 strings. This guitar is usually played in a seated position with the guitar resting on the left lap and the left foot is then on a footstool.

Antonio Torres Juardo is revered among guitarist for his designs. Born in Spain, he was an apprentice carpenter at the age of 14. He met the renowned guitarist and composer Julian Arcas in 1850 and that is when he began to build guitars in earnest. He redesigned the guitar to increase its volume. He made his guitars larger, plus he fitted them with thinner, hence lighter soundboards that were arched in both directions, making possible by a system of fan-bracing for strength. He was very secretive about his methods so there were no apprentices in his shop. He built 12 guitars a year until his death at age 75.

Carlos Santana

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Carlos Santana

You really can't talk about Mexican music and not mention Carlos Santana. Carlos Augusto Alves Santana was born July 20, 1947, is a Mexican rock guitarist. His father was a Mariachi violinist and taught Carlos to play. He started playing in Tijuana in 1955 in bands in nightclubs on the Tejuana strip.

He became famous in the late 1960’s and the early 1970’s along with his band Santana. Santana pioneered rock, salsa and juzz fusion. The band uses Latin percussion instruments and features Carlos melodic blues-based guitar lines.

He experienced a resurgence of popularity in the late 1990s. The Rolling Stones magazine named him the 15th greatest guitarist of all times in their magazine. He has won 10 Grammy awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.

Santana - Maria Maria [TheWraith]

Charo - a Flamboyant classical Guitariest

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Charo

Charo is a well known classical guitar player born January 15, 1951. As a young girl, she studied guitar under Andres Segovia, one of the fathers of modern classical guitar music. She studied classical and flamenco guitar. She came to the U.S. in the '70s and married the much older Spanish bandleader 66 year of Xavier Cugat when she was 16. She divorced him and became an American citizen in 1977. She is a comedian, as well as, a guitar player.

Charo

Antonio Banderas y Los Lobos – Canción del Mariachi

Summary

In conclusion, Mexico has a long history of a great variety of music. I displayed numerous videos so you could hear the wide variety of instruments and singing styles.  I doubt there is a Cinco de Mayo celebration anywhere that doesn't have a lot of music.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Pamela, Nice and lots of great video footage, I like! Peace:)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, I'm glad you like the hub. It makes sense to hear music rather than attempt to describe it. Thanks for your comment.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

Fabulous hub on the varied music and styles in Mexico. I think the first time I ever saw Jennifer Lopez was potraying famous Tejano star Salina. It was a fabulous musical and potrayal!!!!!!!!!!!


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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

I agree, the best way to try to describe music is to just hear it. Thanks for demonstrating this. Great Hub!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Pamela,

I love the hub and the videos. The music is fabulous.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Thank you all for your gracious comments.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

yeah Santana!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Enlydia, I know I love Santana's music. Thanks for stopping by.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

viva la Pamela !


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I liked Mexican music very much and I get more about typical of this music from this hub. Thanks for showing me about this. By the way,Carlos Santana is still the best. Good work, Pamela. I love those video also. I rate this Up!


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Wow, what a spread of Mexican music and you even name some very popular musicians. I love Mexican music because it is always lively. Great hub and rated it up.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I love Mexican music!


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Thanks to another hubber I actually knew what this is! Thanks Pamela on some more insight regarding this holiday/celebration! good hub!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tony, Loved your comment.

Prasetio, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comment.

Anginwu, I like their lively Music too. I makes them seem like such happy people, enjoying life. Thanks for your comment.

Habee, Glad you love the music. Thanks for your comment.

Ann, I'm glad I was able to reveal a little more about the celebration in Meico with their music. Thanks for your comment.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful tribute to great artists. Thank you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, Thanks for your comment.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Pamela thanks for sharing this great info. I didn't know there were so many styles of Mexican music. I also enjoyed the videos.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

So you wanna Dance Pamela, grab your boots and lets go out for a whirl. great hub, I enjoyed it very much. I wrote part one and two of sweat lodge and none of my friends have seen them as they were my first two articles. Let me know what you think


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

very nice and you did a good research on this one Pamela, there is also a polka dance which I dance together with polka music, Philippines and Mexico were both colonized by Spain so when I was still in the Philippines before moving here in the US our cutoms and traditions with Mexico are relatively the same, Thank you for this one,Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

ZXsussy, Glad you enjoyed the videos and thanks for the comment.

Darlene, Thanks for the comment and I'll check out the hubs. I missed some hubs when I was out of town as there were so many new ones I couldn't catch up.

Miata, Thank you for the information and your comment.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for a very informational hub. I enjoyed reading it and learning from it. My husband loves Carlos Santana.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comment. It seems many people have mentioned their love for Carlos Santana.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Wonderful Hub. Very enjoyable & educational. Thank you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ken, Thank you for your comment.


"Quill" 6 years ago

Hi Pam...loved the Hub and especially the talented Charo...hard to believe the mind can think fast enough to complete what she does...very well done...

Blessings and Hugs


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Quill, Thank you so much for your comment. Charo is so talented and I've always enjoyed seeing her on TV. She is also always funny.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Impressive and well put together you just miss bundle of knowledge it seems I always learn from reading your hubs.


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

Pretty interesting. I wish I could share these videos with my students, but youtube is blocked on our school's server. I enjoyed this hub though!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Janny & Sherry, Thank you for your comments.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

You have really enlightened me about this history. Thank you Pam for sharing with us. Very good work....


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

I used to play the guitar but I am sidetracked with life. But anyhow, it is fun to watch the colors and lively tempo of life during Cinco the Mayo here in San Antonio. Great hub, it has sounds in your words and excitements as well. Thank you dear Pamela.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

ICTodd, Thank you so much for the compliment and I;'m glad you enjoyed the hub.

Teresa, Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment also. I imagine San Antonio is a lively place to be on Cinco de Mayo.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Well covered article. I read your one on the drug problems before reading this one. It's sad to think that there is now not much celebrating. I love Santana's music, it's beautiful, and most of us think Antonio Banderas is absolutely gorgeous. A good article.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, Thanks for your comment. I love Santana's music also and Antonio Banderas really is a hunk.


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GPAGE 6 years ago from California

Pamela99...Thank you for this hub! I always enjoy a great band! I saw a Santana concert and it was fantastic! I always enjoy your hubs. Best, GPAGE


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Gpage, I would love to go to a Santana concert. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comment.

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