Since a very young age I loved singing and listening to music. Generally, I liked (almost) every kind of music but I had a special interest in ballads and slow tempo music eventhough I could listen from rock of 70’s- 80’s( Dire Straits, Eric Clapton) to Shakira’s and greek traditional singers’songs. When I was still a 16 years old girl, and I had just started studying spanish language, I was introduced to Spanish music. I mean at first, it was only music from Spain’s singers like Alejandro Sanz and the group ”La Quinta Estación” in order to practice the language. However, since I was fascinated by this language, it quickly turned to an everyday habit. Day by day I was discovering more music styles from different countries, not only from Spain. After all, Spanish is the official language of 21 countries in the world while in others, is a singnificant majority language as you can see here and here. So, one can imagine not only the variety of music that can come across but also the variety of food, dance, art, and generally traditions.
The first introduction
A few years ago, when I was studying Spanish at the University, I watched many series and telenovelas from Latin América just to practice more. One of them was called” La Hija del Mariachi” a Colombian telenovela of 2006. As you can see, it’s particularly about love and mariachi music( mexican traditional music). I immediately fell in love with the plot, the acting, and the landscapes of Colombia and Mexico. But the most important? I felt in love with the mexican traditional music. That means that although the songs were repeated most of the times in every episode, I just couldn’t get enough of them! The telenovela was continuing and till the end I had learned all the lyrics from the feautured songs and had sang them as well.
That music, originated to the state of Jalisco, counts hundreds of years of history. It started during the 19th century as a regional rural folk music;normally a group of 11 or more musicians( depending on the availability), to become an urban phenomenon that came to represent Mexico in the 20th century.The basic instrument is the guitar and the songs are usually about love,separation,Mexican Revolution,religion,family, animals, nature, and of course tequila. Actually, there are many musical forms like the canción ranchera, the huapango, and the bolero ranchero( I partly named my blog after this musical form), and more. As you can read here, Mariachi music is being part of the mexican culture as it’s present at all the Special Occasions like birthdays celebrations,ceremonies,graduations,baptisms,weddings and funerals. In 2011, UNESCO recognized Mariachi as an Intangible Cultural Heritage while many mariachi groups have been created in different countries like U.S.A., Colombia , Chile, Argentina, Spain, Sweden, Peru, and Venezuela during these years. And how it could be different ?As in a way, it affects you deeply in the heart. Personally, it makes me feel joy, hapinness, nostalgia, sadness and national pride just like if I were Mexican! Strange huh? Maybe I am too sensitive or emotional. Maybe it is the voice, the lyrics, the rythm or everything? Who knows?
- Here you can enjoy many songs of the telenovela
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