Saturday, May 01, 2010

Cinco de Mayo: music

Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of a historic battle in the Mexican state of Puebla which has transformed, over the years, to a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage that’s marked especially in the United States.

Tish Hinojosa is first generation Mexican American. Her album Aquella Noche was recorded one Cinco de Mayo several years back at the Waterloo Ice House in Austin, Texas.

It makes a fine soundtrack for marking the holiday, although if you’re expecting raucous Tejano style songs, you’ll not find them here. Hinojosa does not follow that pop culture and rock infused style, but rather is a Texan who sings in both English and Spanish, writing her own songs and sometimes, as on the this recording, mixing in her favorite border and Mexican classics as well. There’ll be more on Hinojosa and her music when the Great American Road Trip: Music travels the southwest, and there’s more to explore at the links below as well.

Meanwhile, take a listen to the dance song Cumbia, Polka, y Mas, the classic Reloj, and the intriguing title song as you prepare your Cinco de Mayo celebrations.

you may also wish to see

Music Road: Tish Hinojosa: Our Little Planet
Music Road: music for mothers and children
Music Road: ten songs
a selection of recommended songwriter cds

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Blogger Anjuli said...

Thanks for another informative post- will definitely check out the links!!

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Vera Marie Badertscher said...

Coming from Tucson, so close to the border, you'd think I would know more about Mexican music, but I appreciate your attempt to educate me.Of course, I know about Tucson native Linda Rondstadt. Do I get points for that?

12:39 AM  
Blogger kerry dexter said...

do you have a favorite LR album?
she's recorded Hinojosa's songs, by the way.
we'll hear more of Linda when the road trip gets to Arizona.

glad you explored the links and liked them. thanks.

5:54 AM  

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