Mexican Talent in the Performing Arts


Videos: Pianist Salvador Rodriguez  Aldrete from Nayarit.  Professional musician of 30 years. As a  professor of music he is currently heading the “Elemental Music” & “Oratory Principals”  workshops  at the Catholic University of Puerto Vallarta.

This ballet version of the Jarabe Tapatio was a performance that took place as part of the concert celebrating  Mr. Rodriguez’s  30 yr career featuring ballerina Ruth Marcela Perez Contreras.

http://www.pianistasalvatore.com/Enlaces.html

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Night of the Bicentennial Celebrations Mexico (Videos)


The “Colossus” being raised. The “Colossus” is a statute representing every Mexican.

In case you missed the awesome Bicentennial party, you can get the inside scoop and find pics & vids of the extraordinary celebration at http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/

Mex Bicentennial Flickr channel

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53924008@N06

Mexico’s “Bicentennial Stars” commercials


Gorgeous, artistic, breathtaking, cinematography. Pristine shots filled with elegance, that tell a mesmerizing  story.  These are the commercials produced by tv network Televisa to commemorate Mexico’s Bicentennial celebration this year. The stunning commercials showcase all that is Mexico, its: beguiling people, its enthralling culture, luxurious natural resources, awesome geography, it’s  colorful, inviting flora, it’s rich & remarkable fauna….  In a word: its bewitching, miraculous, unique Magic. So far the first two commercials released feature the states  Tamaulipas & Chihuahua.
Among the Places showcased in these two videos :
Samalayuca Desert (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua)
Basaseachi’s Waterfall  (Copper Canyon, Chihuahua)
Bocatoma, “The Sky” Biosphere Reserve (Gomez Farias,Tamaulipas)
Morales Lake (Soto la Mariana ,Tamaulipas)
“The Barracks” Grotto (Aldama ,Tamaulipas)
“The Lush one”/ “Grassy One”  Natural deposit of spring water (Aldama, Tamaulipas)
They ran ads announcing open auditions for these commercials, I think. How awesome would it be to participate in such a beautiful, meaningful project!  If I lived in Mexico I would have so gone to the auditions.

Just to get ya dancing


This song is : fun, upbeat, & infections. Makes ya wanna dance. It is “banda” music. Banda music is a really popular genre with Mexican’s. Just like boybands or rappers might be a big deal and there’s a whole bunch of groups here in the U.S. it’s the same thing in Mexico with bandas.  What is banda music exactly? Banda is a brass-based form of traditional Mexican music. Bandas play a wide variety of songs, including rancheras, corridos, cumbias, baladas. Banda music is a melting pot of traditions and rhythms. It is composed of : Traditional Mexican rhythms , German polka, some Latin American style flavors, and even some Jazz influence , just to name a few. Mexico has adapted all these styles and made music all its own, the unique Banda flavor!  This type of music celebrates the culture of the mountain ranges and desserts, which are areas that have a very cowboy kinda history.

This song is called : El Mechon. The Band’s name is : Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga. Meaning, Sergio Lizarraga’s MS band from Sinaloa(Sianloa is one of the 31Mexican States located in the northwestern part of the country). LOL it’s a long name, I know…. but there’s a reason behind that. Bandas are groups that are around for years and years. Once founded they are kept alive by passing on the torch to new members. In order to preserve the history and pride of the band a good name must be chosen, and often times in honor of its founder, his name is included in the band’s name. The song’s name means ” The Lock of hair” it’s talking about a guy who wants to look cool will he travels and parties, so he wants to change his image by using something that’s become popular, instead of dying your hair you use a hair clip with dyed hair extensions. LOL & basically that’s what the whole song’s about.  It’s just fun and random like that.

This song was a big dance hit recently, as many banda songs are. Each year a new song is chosen as the dance hit of the season, because it gets big either in the dance clubs, or at parties, especially weddings and Quinceañeras. Often times the songs come a long with a special dance, so the “something” dance will be a trend for the year that a specific song was popular.

Honest truth, this song got on my nerves in the beginning, but my mom & brother love it. They kept playing it and singing it, I kept hearing it on the radion, and on TV… and well in the end it just grew on me.

Aztec Legends


Mictlantecuhtli                                            Quetzalcoatl

Today the story that tells of why humans have different sized bones. So the story goes that the god Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent) needed  bones in order to create new life. He acquired the necessary bones from those who had lived before in another world,the 4th sun   ( there is a hierarchy of worlds in Aztec beliefs).

He requested the help of  Mictlantecuhtli, he is a deity associated with the owl, spider & bat.  He is in charge of the lowest underworld. At first Mictlantecuhtli decided that he would help out with the job of collecting bones for Quetzalcoatl, but then when it came time for the bones to be collected he had a change of heart. Quetzalcoatl managed to obtain the bones and escape with them, in his haste he dropped some,when the bones fell the broke & this  why human beings have different sized bones.

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