By John Holmes McDowell et al.

ISBN-10: 0826337430

ISBN-13: 9780826337436

The current compilation of ballads from the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca records one of many world's nice traditions of heroic track, a practice that has thrived continually for the final hundred years. The 107 corridos offered right here, accumulated in the course of ethnographic learn over a interval of twenty-five years in settlements on Mexico's Costa Chica and Costa Grande, supply a window into the ethos of heroism one of the cultures of Mexico's southwestern coast, a zone that has been tormented by recurrent cycles of violence.

John Holmes McDowell provides a richly annotated box choice of corridos, followed via musical ratings and transcriptions and translations of lyrics. as well as his interpretation of the corridos' depiction of violence and masculinity, McDowell situates the songs in historic and function contexts, illuminating the Afro-mestizo impression during this specific population.

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En el pueblo de Mazatlán ya lo estaban esperando. Setenta y dos federales allí lo estaban disputando. Marquito Luna was doubtful and Chante was on his way. In the town of Mazatlán they were already waiting for him. Seventy-two federales, they were confronting him there. Le dice Mario Martínez: “Aquí los voy a dejar. ” Mario Martínez tells him: “Here I will drop you off. ” El Chante se hizo pa’ atrás y la pistola sacó. Del cuello agarró a Martínez; cinco balazos le dio. También a Nico González la cara le atravesó.

Cuando Simón llegó al baile se dirigió a la reunión. Toditos lo saludaron como era gente de honor. ” When Simón arrived at the dance he went where the people were gathered. All of them gave him a greeting as he was a person of honor. ” Como a las tres de la tarde dio principió la cuestión, cuando con pistola en mano Adrián Bailón lo cazó. Onésimo, su compadre, vilmente lo asesinó. Around three in the afternoon the dispute got underway, when with his pistol in hand Adrián Bailón hunted him down.

An idol of the Costa Grande, he often stood for the common people against the vested interests on the coast. Ciruelo was the military leader of Guerrero’s rebellious forces when the state authorities rejected the government of President Venustiano Carranza in 1918. Active in the successive waves of turmoil to hit the two Guerrero coasts in the 1920s, he was killed in an ambush in 1927 near Atoyac on the Costa Grande (Gómez Maganda 1970, 74). The events narrated in the ballad date to the year 1918, when El Ciruelo participated in several military actions, including a successful attack on Carranza’s forces in San Jerónimo el Grande on May 2.

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