Beat Latino with Catalina Maria Johnson

Nuestra música: past, present and future


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This week’s Beat Latino celebrates the other Mexico, el otro México, on this side of the border. From Tucson, New York, Los Angeles and other cities even beyond our northern border, this week’s selection shares a vision of a the Mexican side of this immigrant nation, and celebrates its musical contribution to the culture. We also share a wonderful conversation we had at Mundial Montreal 2016 with the Villalobos Brothers, a trio of virtuoso violinist brothers from Xalapa, Veracruz who are now based in New York. Luis, Alberto and Ernesto share how their experiences have shaped a joyous music that they now use to build cultural bridges this side of the Rio Grande.

Happy 5 de mayo!

Feature photo: Villalobos Brothers at Mundial Montreal 2016. Photo: Catalina Maria Johnson

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
El otro México Los tigres del norte El otro México. Fonovisa 1986 02:44
This Land is your land Las cafeteras Tastes like L.A.. Las cafeteras 2017 03:39
La iguana Los Villalobos Brothers Aliens of extraordinary ability. Los Villalobos Brothers 2012 01:50
Villalobos bros edited Los Villalobos Brothers -. 2017 12:56
A change is gonna come Villalobos Brothers Aliens of extraordinary ability. Villalobos Brothers 2012 02:32
El desafiante OUTERNATIONAL El desafiante . Firebrand Records 2015 04:43
Freedom is free Chicano Batman Freedom is free. ATO Records 2017 04:04
Ser como el aire libre Agustín Lira and Alma Songs of hope and struggle. Smithsonian Folkways Recordings2 2016 02:45
Lecture me ft. Tito Fuentes Mexican Dubwiser. Border Frequency Kin Kon records / The Music Joint 2017 03:45
Mambo mexicano Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra Sergio Mendoza y la Orkestra Cosmica Records 2012 05:30
Sal The Mariachi Ghost The Mariachi Ghost. The Mariachi Ghost 2013 08:17
La Bamba Ozomatli & Slightly Stoopid Non-stop: Mexico to Jamaica. Cleopatra Records 2017 03:20

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