From songs of mourning to what the generations dance to

The second season of KCRW’s Global Beat – a series about emerging artists from around the world – focuses on Mexico. Host Raul Campos teams up with three curators: Junf, DJ and music supervisor from Mexico City, Moni Saldaña, director of the NRMAL Festival, and Betto Arcos, freelance music journalist. Listen to Global Beat Mexico every Thursday at 10 a.m. during “Morning Becomes Eclectic.”

Check out these artists and their songs:

Vico Diaz – “Tortuga”

“He’s basically a classically trained jazz musician, which is why he…breaks the boundaries of what we imagine to be traditional marimba playing,” says Campos.

Diaz also uses the leona, an uncommon instrument in jazz. “It really pushes the boundaries of what an instrument can do and really merges with modern sounds and just mixes the vibes. And that’s really what we’re trying to do with Global Beat Mexico…it’s traditional sounds but with a modern twist.

Los Vaguens – “Las Rosas” (The Roses)

This band is from Acapulco, and they sound tropical and romantic.

Veronica Valerio – “Ayotzinapa”

“It’s probably his best known song and it came out in 2015. And it was in the aftermath of that big massacre that happened in Guerrero in 2014. It’s a beautiful song, but if you listen to the lyrics, you can hear that she’s really diving deep into what had happened the year before.

In this case, the country’s former attorney general was arrested and charged with the kidnapping and murder of the 43 students.

Hela San – “Temporal”

This song is from San’s 2020 album ‘Humana’. “It was funded by the government…because they’re really into exporting art and music from Mexico.”

Don Couto – “Cumbia Binaria (Amantes del Futuro Remix)”

“Don Couto is one of those guys who really relates to … that young sound and a modern take on what is traditional Cumbia, which everyone knows and everyone dances to, and that’s the one of those kinds of music you still hear at parties and clubs. »

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