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Gomez' Belated Blog On Mexican Independence Day

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, October 20, 2008 12:35am | Post a Comment
I forgot to mention that I did a set at Amoeba for Mexican Independence Day way back on September 16th. Most Non-Mexicans (and some Mexicans as well) think that Cinco De Mayo is Mexican Independence Day. Mexican Independence Day celebrates a declaration of independence from Spain in 1812. Mexico would not become independent until 1821. Cinco De Mayo is the celebration of a victory over the French army at Puebla de Los Angeles in 1862. It was a war that eventually Mexico would lose a year later.

For Mexicans living in the United States, Cinco De Mayo and Mexican Independence Day have become a way to show pride in our culture and people. For that reason, It was fun to play an entire set of mostly Mexican artists. I tried to play as many different genres of Mexican music possible, from traditional to the newer Electronica groups. Again, there are misconceptions that Mexican music is simply traditional. Others lump in any music sung in Spanish as Mexican music such as Salsa or Flamenco. In my set I tried to defuse the myths, yet still play the songs that make Mexicans...well...Mexicans. Some songs are fun, some political, some are heart breakers and some are timeless classics.

Below is the set list that I played that day. The links will take you to the artist's videos for the songs on YouTube. Some of the older ones are gems. Check Out Vicente Fernandez & Los Dinners!

"El Rey"- Jose Alfredo Jimenez
"Pachuco"- Maldita Vecindad
"Mexico 70"- Perez Prado (not a Mexican, but he moved to Mexico from Cuba post-Castro)
"La Chica Sexy"- Los Tucanes De Tijuana
"Yepa Yepa Yepa"- Silverio
"Don Quijote Marijuana"- Brujeria
"The Clap"- Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich+Fussible
"Jefe De Jefes"- Los Tigres Del Norte
"Chaparra De Mi Amor"- Ramon Ayala
"La Cumbia Del Rio"- Los Pikadientes De Caborca
"La Bala"- Los Dinners
"Cumbia De Mole"- Lila Downs
"Eres Para Mi" (Sonidero Nacional Cumbow Remix)- Julieta Venegas
"Metrosexual"- Amandititita
"Cumbia De Moonra"- Moonra Y Su Batallon
"Cumbia Sobre El Rio"- Celso Piña
"La Negra Tomasa"- Caifanes
"Falso Amor"- Los Bukis
"Las Fabulosas I"- Contol Machete
"Viva La Raza"- Latin Playboys
"Se Me Hizo Facil"- Chavela Vargas
"Rata De Dos Patas"- Paquita La Del Barrio
"Volver Volver"- Vicente Fernandez

I could have played much more, but I only had an hour for my set. I tried to cram as much as I could.

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