Hear Music Inspired By The Mexican Bicentennial

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 - Day 2

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The bicentennial of Mexico's independence from Spain is upon us this week. News from within the country and in the foreign press is that the mood is widely subdued due to the violence plaguing the country.

When NPR's Morning Edition asked me to report on a compilation album called Bimexicano: Clasicos Hecho Rock, it struck me that the two seemingly unrelated items did in fact have something to do with one another. It struck me that Mexico's rich legacy of music could in fact be an aid in helping Mexicans deal with life during this difficult time.

Bimexicano: Clasicos Hecho Rock features artists from throughout Latin America and reflects the influence Mexican music has had throughout the region. The approaches to the music are distinct, but always reverential. I picked three that are my favorites.

You can also listen to my piece below.

Hear Felix's Story About The Music of The Mexican Bicentennial


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Nueva Música Inspirada Por El Bicentenario Mexicano

Esta semana se celebra el bicentenario de la independencia Mexicana.

A pesar de la fecha histórica, se vive un ambiente sombrío debido a la violencia que esta arrasando el país.

En mi reciente reportaje acerca del nuevo compilado musical llamado: “Bimexicano: Clásicos Hecho Rock” hice una conexión entre la violencia y la música Mexicana, que aunque parezcan dos temas distintos, si tienen una relación.

Lo que se me ocurre es que el increíble legado musical que tiene México puede llegar a ayudar a que los Mexicanos sobrevivan estos difíciles momentos.

"Bimexicano: Clásicos Hecho Rock" cuenta con una impresionante lista de artistas de todas las Americas, lo cual es prueba de la enorme influencia que ha tenido la musica Mexicana en toda la región. Cada cancion en este compilado tiene un sabor unico, pero siempre logra mantenerse respetuoso.

Aquí les dejo mis tres cortes favoritos del trabajo.



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