Virtual Festival
Música de las Fronteras/Borderlands Music

[Los Alegres del Norte] [Borderlands CD w/audio] [Other musical samples w/audio]

alegres conjuntoLos Alegres del Norte trio migrated to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, from central Mexico seeking economic opportunities. They cascarear (play for money) norteño music and sing regional corridos at the Juárez market.

Los Alegros del Norte immigraron del centro de México a Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, en busca de oportunidades económicas. "Cascarean", o tocan piezas de música norteña y corridos regionales a pedido de los clientes en el Mercado Juárez.
Photo by/foto de Lyle Rosbotham


Borderlands coverBORDERLANDS: From Conjunto to Chicken Scratch: Music of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Southern Arizona
SF 40418 CD $14.00 CS $8.50 1993. Compiled and annotated by Cathy Ragland, Manuel Peña, and James Griffith.

Traditional conjunto polkas and corridos, Latino-influenced big bands, German and mariachi rooted norteño, modern conjunto and orquesta Tejana, Yaqui Pascola dance, Tohono O'odham fiddle band music, and the more contemporary American Indian Chicken Scratch sound. Unique music that developed and flourishes today in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Southern Arizona. These performances by Narciso Martínez, Lydia Mendoza, Rubén Vela, Beto Villa and others were licensed from regional record labels that specialize in borderland music.

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sound iconaudio sample: "La Cuquita," 76 kb .AU

Other "Borderlands" CD samples

sound iconEl Conjunto Bernal "Mi Unico Camino"
in article by Manuel Peña

sound iconJesus Maya & Timoteo Canu, singing corrido, "Gregorio Cortez" (1949), about 100 kB .AU
in article by Américo Paredes

sound iconThe Molinas, playing chicken scratch, "Old Man Rooster" (1975), about 100 kB .AU

sound iconYaqui pascola music, 118 kB .AU



[Borderlands/Fronteras]
29 April 1996