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Old 13th July 2014, 02:03 AM
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I'm wondering if there are any other Latin American music fans on the forum. I estimate over 80% of my music collection is Latin American music. My tastes are eclectic in terms of genres and eras, ranging from the old baladas y canciones románticas from the 1940s and 50s (e.g. "Reloj", "Noche de Ronda", "Quizás, quizás, quizás") through to the pop music and Rock en español from the 60s right to the present day. I love la Nueva Canción, with singer-songwriters such as Violeta Parra, Victor Jara, Mercedes Sosa, Leon Gieco, and many more, as well as the Nueva Trova from Cuba - especially Silvio Rodriguez and Pablo Milanés.

I realize it's not just Latin American music. There are also many musicians I never tire of listening to from Spain. Remember "¿Eres Tu?" from the early 1970's? That's by the Mocedades, and there's more great music where that came from. Joan Manuel Serrat is another favourite, and sitting around a campfire with a guitar, Nino Bravo's "Un Beso y una Flor" just has to be sung. Closely followed by Serrat's "Caminante, no hay camino, se hace el camino al andar" (based on the poem by Antonio Machado). If with a group of Latin Americans, everyone will be singing along - on or off key, it doesn't matter.

Back on this side of the pond, there's Roberto Carlos - he's Brazilian but also sings in Spanish, and many other Latin pop musicians. Napoleón's "Vive" has lyrics that pretty well sum up my approach to life. More contemporary pop/rock music I listen to includes Maná and Ricardo Arjona. Arjona is originally from Guatemala, but now lives in Buenos Aires - I love the way he can take a variety of life circumstances which most people would never consider singing about and turn them into a great song, often with unexpected lyrics. Cafe Tacuba is another Mexican group I sometimes listen to, with a pretty frenetic lead singer!

This post is getting far too long - and I haven't even touched on música tropical (salsa, cumbia, bachata - I'm sure I look fairly ridiculous dancing to it, but I learned long ago not to care too much about that), folk and mariachi music, Latin jazz, música ranchera, marimba, etc. etc. I'm not much for rap, but Calle 13's "Latinoamérica" .... well, I've lost track of how many times I've watched the video - with its close ups of so many Latin American faces, full of diversity and character - it never fails to move me. I could go on and on about Latin/Spanish music, but I'd better stop here.

Just wondering if there are any kindred spirits on this forum? If so, who do you listen to? I always like to discover new music to love.
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I realize I did not specifically mention one type of regional Mexican folk music which I really enjoy, Son Jarocho from Veracruz. There are a variety of instruments used, including la quijada (a jawbone) and a great, fun interplay between voices. There are many examples on YouTube.
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Yeah I like LA music but especially Mexican Music. I also remember "Eres Tu" performed by Mocedades, I believe in 1973.
that is a link to that song.
I do not usually remember the names of songs or performers, I just listen. I love the Norteña genre but I am ignorant of the artists and song titles. That said I watch tons of Mexican Movies from the 40's through the 70's. I like the songs of many of these stars, Agustin Lara, Pedro Vargas, Jorge Negrete, Pedro Infante, Javier Solis, Eulalio Gonzalez (Piporo),Luis Aguilar. Antonio Aguilar, Lucha Villa.
I also remeber the popular singers of the 70's like Manuela Torres (who I met along with her husband in a hotel elevator in the late 70's in Guadalajara), Daniela Romo, Yuri, and hundreds of others that used to frequent the Sundy TV show "Siempre en Domingo with Raul Velasco". A friend of mine in Piedras used to call it "Siempre lo mismo" Raul did have his favorites and they were there regularly. A huge pop star then was a Spaniard named Julio Iglesias who. I think lived in Miami. I believe he has a son who is now popular.
I prefer the Norteña and ranchero music that has the stamp of Mexican Culture which is in danger of being lost as the younger Mexicans turn to Metalica, Rap and Hip Hop.
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I love El Tri!!! Elefante, Los Lonely Boys. (I saw El Tri in person and the crowd was wild and I had a ball!) But I also love the cumbia, salsa etc. that has come to be the zumba music. I have a mix of 70's rock & rolll and zumba music on my ipod and I go down to the beach M-F for an hour in the morning with my dogs- they play in the surf and I dance my behind off. It's great exercise, my dogs get theirs and I get mine, and luckily, like you I don't care what anybody thinks. ....Now our beach is pretty bare most of the time, but in the mornings there's always walkers, joggers, etc...the regulars just wave a hand as we pass.
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How about Mala Fe....

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A couple of my favorites, Ruben Blades and Braulio.

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Another of my favorites....

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This video is worth watching just to see some beautiful footage of Guatemala. I also like the theme of the woman, tired of waiting around at home for him to come back from his travel adventures, fixing up her old truck and going off to Tikal herself, while he (on his way back from Tikal and other adventure spots) abandons his broken down Jeep on the side of the road and between hitchhiking and the bus (which is a work of art in itself) makes his way back to ... an empty apartment. In the lyrics, each one blames the other for the relationship breaking down, but the song itself does not declare either one right or wrong, it just shows the 2 different perspectives on the relationship and what went wrong along the way.


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This concert by Linda Ronstadt showcases beautiful traditional Mexican music and folkloric dance. I recently watched it with my husband, and he got a bit teary, remembering his mom singing some of these songs in his childhood.

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Was fortunate enough to attend this concert at Universal Studios way back when. Had (or have) the cassettes since CD's weren't out yet. She's always been one of my favorites and also has sung with Ruben Blades, another favorite.

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