How to Get Into Music in Spanish
Before the ease of downloading, when I traveled in places like Brazil, Vietnam and Mexico, I went to street markets, where pirated CDs with photocopied liner notes in plastic sleeves hung from big white racks.
Whenever I heard music I liked, I’d ask the person who it was, what kind of music it was, and which other groups I should listen to. I walked away with stacks of bootleg CDs.
But what’s even better is to have a musician or a music fan write me a list of their favorite bands. Then after a long trip I sit down with my lists and listen to the suggestions on YouTube.
A few posts on this blog are lists of my musical discoveries from Latin America. Many fine artists are practically unknown north of the Mexican/U.S. border, the great cultural divide in North America.
So this is my list to you, from one friend and curious traveler to another:
The Bus, Dance Floor and Block Party – My introduction to some major styles in Latin American music.
Kickass Mexican Music – My five favorite Mexican groups/artists from my first year living in Mexico. Now, more than two years after I wrote this article, I’ve seen all but one of these groups live. Can you guess which?
Think You Don’t Like Rock in Spanish – Some great songs, chosen to give a newbie a nice intro to the diversity of Spanish rock:
Rap and Hip Hop in Spanish:
Latin Music for Jam Fans – Another primer for quality Rock en Español (rock in Spanish):
Los Tigres del Norte – “Somos Mas Americanos” (We are more American) is a protest song every American should hear. Includes my translation to English:
Vive Latino 2012 – the biggest rock festival in Mexico:
Vive Latino 2013 – a great Sunday lineup of some of my favorite Latin bands:
My experience at Cumbre Tajin 2014, another great music festival in Mexico:
For thoughts on playing, collecting and passing music between travelers – music from around the world – please read Discovering Music on the Road.
Thanks, and please comment with more suggestions. Send me your list from your part of the world. And click on these CDs:
Posted on January 29, 2014, in Mexico, Music and tagged cumbre tajin, latin music, latin rock, music in spanish, rock en espanol, spanish protest music, vive latino. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.