A Week in the Life of Gustavo

"Seems to think that if he fails to write, la migra will find him."--OC Weekly More merriment available at ronmaydon@yahoo.com

quarta-feira, fevereiro 12, 2003

Here's this week's pick for LA Weekly on Los Tigres del Norte...

Few musicians signify as many separate things to as many different crowds as the conjunto norteño Los Tigres del Norte. The quintet is the proud voice of Latino immigrants, addressing assimilation hardships and longing for the motherland with poignant tales like "La Jaula de Oro." Chicanos cite the formerly Sinaloa-based San Jose group’s smash-all-borders cumbia "América" with the same revolutionary zeal they accord Che’s diaries. Drug barons hope Los Tigres will immortalize them in bouncily ominous narcocorridos on the scale of "La Banda del Carro Rojo" and "Jefe de Jefes." Labor organizers, familiar with the pro-worker sagas "De Paisano a Paisano" and "El Mojado Acaudalado," invite the ensemble to wield their accordions at rallies. Rockeros openly profess their love for the three Hernández brothers, cousin Oscar Lara and compadre Lupe Olivo, covering songs such as "El Circo" (Maldita Vecindad) and "La Tumba Falsa" (Ely Guerra). Record executives court los ídolos del pueblo, amazed that after 30 years the group continues to attract new audiences despite remaining faithful to its proletarian polka rhythms. All of these cliques will fill the Universal Amphitheater on Valentine’s Day. And they will dance.

My other article is nearly complete. Then, 30 pages begins