SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.

Mariachi Music of Mexico

Artist:   Music of Mexico

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Mariachi 1954 14 0


© 1954 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  From Monterrey
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3:20 a style that is more polished
02  From Monterrey
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3:00 a full-blown type performance
03  From Monterrey
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2:24 born of fierce big-city competition
04  From Monterrey
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05  From Apatzingan
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2:35 a more primitive form high in spirits and cerveza
06  From Erongaricuaro
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4:50 located on the west shore of Lake Patzcuaro
07  From Erongaricuaro
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08  Las Alazanas
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3:03 the red-brown horses
09  Bajo el Cielo de Jalisco
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4:23 under the Jalisco Sky
10  The Come On
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1:18 the tourist is enticed into engaging the band
11  El Carretero
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3:17 the cart driver
12  La Madrugada
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3:31 the wee hours after midnight
13  La Negra
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2:57 the dark skinned girl
14  El Gusto
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4:11 the pleasure and excitement
Mariachi is the term for that special brand of music used for festive birthday and marriage celebrations. In a broad sense it is folk music created centuries ago by the fusion of Indian and Spanish races, which now make the upo the majority of the Mexican people.

Tracks collected (canciones recolectadas) in Monterrey, Apatzingán, and Erongarícuaro by Sam Eskin, December 1954, and by Eskin & Cook in Mexico City, 1954.