Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Working Class Songs of the US-Mexican Borderlands

Just been listening to some music from famed Chicana idol, Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007).

This twelve-stringed guitarist sang popular and sentimental Mexican songs often of the struggles of working class people who lived in the borderlands of the US and Mexico. Hence 'La Alondra de la Frontera' (The Lark of the Border).

Particularly haunting I think are, first, her early 'Collar De Perlas' ...

... and then, later in life, 'Tango Negro' ('The Black Tango') ...

Just keen to share, as usual!

PS - No 'Pearl Necklace' comments please!

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