USPS to release Latin Music Stars Stamps


USPS plans to release stamps honoring legendary Latin music stars, among them Mexican American singer Selena.

More on this story:

http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/usps-announces-latin-music-legends-series-stamps-featuring-selena-tito-puente/

SELENA’S WIKI PAGE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selena

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Mexican Pop! Music Video of the Day


Happy Saturday here’s a fun little ditty to get your toes tapping! Song: Crazy Woman, By: Aleks Syntek  ENJOY! =)

LYRICS TRANLSATION by: MegaSuper Chido

I’m a singular case.

One that I should analyze.

Don’t know what they gave or what they did to me, but I am no longer normal.

Fate outdid itself and a prank wrung me out.


This is not my house & this is not my wife.

And this guy you see before you isn’t me.

This isn’t me.

Crazy, you looked like a crazed woman to me.

I love it when you’re crazy, come closer to me and kiss me here on the mouth.

Don’t be like that.  I love it when you tease.

You looked like a  crazy woman to me.

And come kiss me here on the…


Everything is confusion and we’re looking for salvation.

This is not my story  nor  is this my memory. I wasn’t’ me who killed you.
How to make you understand? You are not going to believe me.

This is not my bed, this is not my spectrum,  And this guy you see before you isn’t me.

Crazy, you looked like a crazed woman to me.

I love it when you’re crazy, come closer to me and kiss me here on the mouth.

Don’t be like that. I love it when you tease.

You looked crazy to me.

And come kiss me here on the….

I don’t do anything other than dance & dance.

With your sweet little face I live dreaming & Thinking .

And If you wish,  I will live fighting & fighting. I will bring out the animal instic in you

I’m a singular case. One that I should analyze.

Don’t know what they gave or what they did to me, but I am no longer normal.

Fate outdid itself and a prank wrung me out.
This is not my house & this is not my wife.  And this guy you see before you isn’t me.

Crazy, you looked like a crazed woman to me.

I love it when you’re crazy, come closer to me and kiss me here on the mouth.

don’t be like that I love it when you tease

You looked like a crazed woman to me. And come kiss me here.

I don’t do anything other than dance & dance.

With your sweet little face I live dreaming & Thinking

If you wish , I will live fighting & fighting. I will bring out the animal instic in you

Crazy, you looked like a crazed woman to me . I love it when you’re crazy, come closer to me and kiss me here on the mouth.

Don’t be like that.  I love it when you tease.  You looked like a crazed woman to me.

Crazy, you looked like a  crazed woman to me

You make me….. Crazy woman,  come closer to me. You make me…you looked like a  crazed woman to me.  You make me….. Crazy, you looked like a  crazed woman to me come closer to me. And kiss me here on the….

Sing a long Friday : “Xochipitzahuatl” (traditional Mexican song)


So many beautiful things about our cultures, things that are worth: admiring, learning about and most of all  keeping alive & thriving. One of those things most definitely has to be language. In Paraguay 88% of the population speaks Guarani along with Spanish.  In Taiwan though most people speak Mandarin and the older generations are most knowledgeable when it comes to traditional Taiwanese, and though Taiwanes youngsters outside of Taiwan are a little sketchy on it,  native Taiwanese kids are still taught about it (traditional Taiwanese) and understand it a bit even if they don’t practice it as often as say their grandparents, or so I’ve heard.  So, I listen to different kinds of music and there’s this Taiwanese pop girl group I like. I totally fell in love with one of the songs off  their latest album, and  I especially  thought  it was super cool when I  heard the group recorded that particular song not in main stream Mandarin but instead in traditional Taiwanese.  This is our heritage ,our vestige…. We should take pride in these beautiful treasures. That is why in today’s post I’d like to share a traditional Mexican song. This post as they all are is  for everyone, but especially those who’d like to learn  a short little something in Nahuatl(aka Aztec).  The song is called “Xochipitzahuatl” pronounced: soh-chee-pee-tzah-hoo-wah-tahl, meaning: little flower.  This song is AKA “Flor Menudita” in Spanish.

Are these kids too COOL or what?! And such talent =D Plus they look so cute in their outfits.

It’s just a few short lines, but it something cool you can learn &   impress your friends with. Show ’em you can sing in Nahuatl!

This song is usually sung at weddings  in the Huasteca region of Mexico. From what I’ve been able to research, it is sometimes danced rather than sung. The  song is preformed for the Virgin of Guadalupe as away of asking for the event to be blessed. I’m not incredibly familiar with this song, so not sure how long the song actually is . The girls in the first vid seem to be singing more lyrics than the guy in the 2nd vid =S   Went on a hunt for the lyrics online and can not for the life of me find proper lyrics. There’s very little info online, could be that is due to the fact that the song is often know as a dance rather than a piece that is sung. I can only get little excerpts here & there, plus everyone’s version differs =(

Still so glad to see people taking pride in their roots and passing them on especially youngsters. =)  Hope you ENJOY GUYS!!

Mexican Music: Music Video of the day


Haven’t posted an MV in a while. It’s definitely time for some music. =D

Song: El Aventurero(The Adventurer) By: Pedro Fernandez . The song talks about a flirtatious playboy who likes to capture hearts where ever he goes.  Wow there’s nothing as sexy as a gentleman in a charro outfit. Seriously testosterone overload totally drool worthy.  No? Ladies?

Here’s an few lyrics excerpted from the song:

“Be on your toes darlings for your adventurer is here my honeys!”

“I am “the adventurer” the world to me matters very little , when I like a lady… I like her no matter what.”

“I like ’em tall, I like ’em short. I like ’em skinny, I like ’em chubby, the single ladies the widows & like ’em divorced too.

“I am the adventurer and to all my “mothers in law” I propose: Do take care of your daughters if you bring ’em along or I won’t be held responsible!”

“I have a troubadour & bohemian’s soul,  I am honorable and a good friend, the most honest kidder.”

R.I.P. Roberto Cantoral


A sad time for not only the entertainment world but for all romantic music lovers everywhere. “It’s a great loss for the Mexican Artistic community.” stated fellow singer/composer  Armando Manzanero.  Legendary talent,  iconic figure, singer/composer Roberto Cantoral father of actress Itati Cantoral who passed away in Toluca August 7th 2010 was mourned yesterday August 8th, his illustrious career celebrated, and final goodbyes were said at the famous Palacio de Bellas Artes= Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. His closest friends, colleagues, and prominent figures of the entertainment industry were present to pay their respects. His career began when his brother and he formed the duo “Los Hermanos Cantoral” in 1950. He  later went on to be part of the trio “Los Tres Caballeros”.  During his time with the group he made a great impact when it came to the Mexican Ballad, among the places where the group toured were : Japan, USA, & Argentina . He turned soloist in 1960, after a 15 year career as a performer, he then  turned composer.

One of his most famous works “Reloj no marques las horas” = Clock don’t mark the hours

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Held the position of :  Executive Council of  the Mexican Society of  Writers and Composers since 1982.  Special guest on global, hit entertainment shows such as:  the Arthur Garfield show (USA)  the Alice Bontorno show (Italy), Gran Parada (Spain). His personal appearances surpassed the amount of 1,500 in 120 countries during his year career his 15 year career as a singer.  Named “Mr. Amigo”  & an “Honorary Citizen” in Texas. The only non government official to have spoken at   Congreso de la Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual = International Congress of Intellectual Property.

FAMOUS ARTISTS THAT HAVE INTERPRETED HIS SONGS:

Placido Domingo

David Bisbal

Luis Miguel

Marco Antonio Muñiz

Sara Montiel

Emmanuel

Frank Pourcel

Jose Feliciano

Maisa Matarazzo

Neil Sedaka

To name a few.

picture cedits:

beth-alcyoneus.trip0d.eu

Mexican Pop : The return of OV7


The news is out & it’s official, OV7 is making a comeback! Some rumor that not everyone will be back, & that Kalimba(ex member turned solo artist) will not be part of the comeback, while other sources say that he indeed has expressed the desire to preform once more with his former group.  Who is OV7? During an era that can be described as the reign of boy bands &  pop princesses OV7 was a coed pop group that enjoyed much popularity in Mexico.  The band gets it’s name from the musical “Grease” OV7 stands for = Onda Vaselina 7 which would translate to something like = Grease Vibe 7.  The group says about it’s comeback:  That their break up was premature, and they want to recover things lost, because the group was dissolved when they still had a lot to give.  They feel that no one with their style or vibe is on the scene at the moment and they want to bring back just that.  Die hard fans are besides themselves as a result of  the comeback news, it’s like a piece of their youth is retrived, and revived.

INFO ON THE BAND

OV7 Wiki page :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OV7

OV7 FaceBook :http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ov7-Regresa-2010-/289523478602

Twitter:  @ OV7ationOficial

Preview of the band’s new material entitled “Prohibido Quererme” = Loving me is prohibited

OV7 The Comeback  :Behind The Scenes

OV 7  a look back

An invitation from the guys to be part of the comeback

One of OV7’s top hits “Sha ba da ba da” Lmao ahhh the 90’s.  I remember this song from when I took a trip to Mexico when I was like 14- 15,  it was big.  I remember watching the video on MTV at my aunt’s house, and dancing in front of the television.



Another installment of “Mexicans dancing”


Time for another segment of “Mexicans dancing” ,yay!!  Alrighty, this time around we’re talking about, Duranguense dancing! (pronounced Doo-rahn-gehn- seh)

Before we begin, in case you missed the last Mexicans Dancing, this section of the blog was created in light of something I once saw on TV , on “The George Lopez” show to be exact. The star of the show dissed his own people & culture, saying that Mexicans can’t dance, and that the only dance they have is around a hat. That his wife could dance like no ones’ business because she was Cuban.  As I said before,  Au contrare pally!  Yes, quite contrary to such ignorant beliefs, Mexicans love to dance & Mexican culture has lot’s of popular dances that are non folkloric. Dancing is HUGE with Mexicans.  It’s a very popular pass time that’s near & dear for both  Mexicans , Mexican Americans, and Mexican all over the world. Mexicans have dance fever & are proud of the dancing styles unique to our culture.  Proud of dance styles that originated in our country & proud of  the new fusion counterparts created and enjoyed by us from those that haven’t. Many young kids would rather go to clubs that play traditional and modern Mexican dance music instead of going to regular clubs  that play hip hop, pop etc.  Going to a place where they can  dance  Hispanic rhythms, that is what clubbing means to them. It’s not only the kids though, some married couples love dancing so much that  they have date nights so they can go dancing. Mexicans most definitely do dance, and weddings, and Quinceañeras attest to that.

Duranguense Club doing a demo at School

Duranguense Contest: This dance team got really creative with their choreography

What is Duranguense ?

The term duranguense refers to the people from DurangoMexico. Duranguense began and was formed in Chicago, IllinoisGrupo Montéz de Durango were believed to be the very first to begin the movement. Some people consider Chicago to be the capital of Duranguense Bandas since it is so popular among the people in Chicago and a large amount of Durango natives live in this area. Teenagers are forming new Duranguense bands like never before, playing at night clubs,weddings, Quinceñeras, and family get togethers. A group of immigrants from Durango started a Duranguense group called Patrulla 81; from there it started to expand into other states and Mexico. Most Duranguense bands have been founded by Mexican-American immigrants in the United States.It was not until the early 2000s Grupo Montéz de Durango, one of the best-known Duranguense bands, topped the Latin music charts. Their CD, De Durango a Chicago, was a best-seller and had been a top 10 music bestseller in Chicago on Amazon.com. Patrulla 81′s hits ¿Cómo Pude Enamorarme de Ti? Un exito cover antes cantado por los liricos de teran, and No Aprendí a Olvidarwere also hugely successful hits on regional Mexican radio stations. – SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duranguense

Duranguese how to Video

Techno Duranguense?

Duranguense is not only about dancing, it’s about fashion. It seems like no respectable Duranguense fan would dare hit the dance floor with out the proper attire. What’s cool about this dance, I think… Is the way the couple gets really close together, but also dances  far apart &  jams on their own.  Also the basic movements, the way you’re not dancing in a preset figure or straight line yet you have to keep the beat so that it looks good. So, this is how  SOME Mexicans : party, unwind, socialize, have fun. For some, this is:  how guys meet girls,this is  how you make friends, this is a hobby, this is a passion.  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard people, especially those who are not Hispanic comment on how salsa, tango… etc are so sexy and romantic and how they want to learn those dances. But, there’s other kinds of dances that are really cool too, yet don’t get much attention.  I mean guys can you imagine dancing with a sexy cow girl in tight jeans? lol  Girls can you imagine dancing up close and personal with a very masculine cowboy.

*LAST BUT NOT LEAST: I’d like to close by saying, I’m not the ultimate definitive source on this or any other subject. If you’re interested in learning more, awesome ! Feel free to look into the subject, research it and get more info. There is never just one side or point of view to anything.  I say this, because I’m imagining someone commenting “That’s not real Duranguense dancing. ”  “Or what horrible examples of what Duranguense is”, or that’ s not Mexican etc… so I’ll save you the trouble. Also some people might stereotype and say ALL Mexicans like this,dress like this, dance like this .  It’s  ALWAYS  ridiculous to stereotype, first of all, and second of all not true.  This kind of music is kinda like what country music is to some in the U.S. some hate it some think it’s corny, but hey different folks different strokes.

Interested in learning more about Durangense  Here’s a short list of DURANGUENSE ARTISTS: