QUIZ PREP — COMING SOON
Bonus Reading (not required): “Why do Mexicans Love Morrissey So Much?”
What is Mexican son? (source: http://www.latuzamusic.com/mexican-son-jarocho.cfm)
The term son (which literally translates as “sound”) refers to a particular type of Mexican folk music from the countryside. This designation for rural folk music comes from a colonial distinction made between música, which was the music of the church and the court, and the more derogatory son, which was the noise everyone else made.
Son originated in Central Mexico, defined broadly, and is a fusion of Spanish, African, and indigenous music. Today, son mexicano is a very general category that encompasses nine different types of rural folk music that each correlate to a specific region of Mexico. Interestingly, sonis now also played in urban centers and performed in places far from its native region. Each type of son has its own instrumentation but string instruments dominate. A 6/8 meter and the accompanying foot stomping zapateado also link the diverse currents of son.
Mariachi Vargas — the transformation of mariachi
Vicente Fernández–King of ranchera music