On Friday, December 23, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts will have their once-a-year Fiesta Navidad featuring Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. It’s going to be a breathtaking night as often, with the famous mariachi enjoying almost everything from Mexican Christmas expectations to variations of American Christmas classics.
Xmas tunes are not as commonplace in Mexican culture as they are in el gabacho—there is no station, for occasion ala KOST-FM, that turns into a saccharine mess. And it is rarer to come across the Mexican artist who has recorded a Navidad album (or even music) than a person who didn’t. But the Mexican Christmas style nevertheless has its gems—and I’m not speaking about remakes ala “Blanca Navidad” (“White Christmas”) or non-Mexican tracks like “El Burrito de Belen” (That is Venezuelan), “Feliz Navidad” (boricua) and “Mamacita, Donde Esta Santa Claus?” (also Puerto Rican). The regular tunes (termed villancicos) are virtually generally spiritual-based—you know, the purpose for the year. People that usually are not are pretty much inevitably sad—you know, simply because Mexicans. This is 10 for you to (largely) weep the vacations away—enjoy!
“Amarga Navidad” — José Alfredo Jiménez
The most well-known ranchera Xmas track of them all, published by Mexico’s greatest singer-songwriter, the translation says it all: “Bitter Xmas.” And it only gets extra heartbreaking from there. The protagonist tells his beloved that “may your cruel goodbye be my Christmas” due to the fact he would not want her for the New Year—SAVAGE. Coated by everyone from Vicente Fernández to Jenni Rivera, Los Cadetes de Linares and a lot more!
“Pancho Claus” — Lalo Guerrero
The Godfather of Chicano tunes recorded a Christmas album with his edition of the Chipmunks, Las Ardillitas (“The Chipmunks” in Spanish—REALLY hoping difficult there to be original, Lalo!). But he was at his satirical sharpest with this late-’60s track, dropping in tamales, machismo, mambo, the Beatles, Spanglish, #borrachoproblems, mariachi, and the generational divide that was present even again then concerning pochos and paisas.
“La Rama” — Numerous Artists
“Las Posadas” is the most well known track connected with las posadas, the reenactment of Joseph and Mary on the lookout for shelter in Bethlehem (marvel how that would get the job done out in Trump’s America…oh, and #fucktrump). But far extra gorgeous is this son jarocho standard from Veracruz. Over the arpeggios of a requinto and a harp, singers describe the veracruzano tradition that is La Rama, a celebration that’s the region’s version of Las Posadas. Per PRI’s The Entire world correspondent Betto Arcos: “Kids sing the tune accompanied by a shaker [the titular rama], built with soda bottle caps flattened out.” Every city in Veracruz has their own model of the music, but absolutely everyone shares the exact same chorus: “Naranjas y limas, limas y limones/más linda es la virgen que todas las flores” (“Oranges and limes, limes and lemons/A lot more beautiful is the Virgin than all the flowers”), which is the finest shoutout to Mother Maria considering that Koran 66:11-12
“Navidad de los Pobres” — Los Tigres del Norte
The conjunto norteño masters start out this 1994 observe slow, then their legendary bass traces receives the party began. As standard, The Tigers of the North praise the eternally-offering functioning course. “Even although my property is tiny/I manufactured the doorways huge,” they sing, “So that whomever can enter/When Christmas will come.” Not approximately played ample in radio or Pandora, gentle cabrones.
“Regalo de Reyes” — Javier Solís
Mexico’s greatest-at any time crooner could’ve hummed out loud a procuring listing and manufactured it immortal. For “Regalo de Reyes” (“Present of Kings”), Solís sang maybe the only mainstream canción about the Feast of the Epiphany—or, as it’s regarded throughout Latin The united states, El Día de los Reyes Magos (Working day of the 3 Kings). A lonely Solís gets the feels for his prolonged-departed adore, going from December to the New Calendar year in 4 traces, and passing through a life time in a single. His everlasting wish: That heaven may grant him a single wish—kissing his girl on Epiphany. Who’d ever believe January 6 was this kind of a alluring day?
“Navidad Sin Ti” — Los Bukis
We’ve presently founded that Los Bukis lead singer Marco Antonio Solís (not linked to Javier) is Jesus, and this song is more proof. It can be even extra grupera than regular for the septet: double-tracked vocals by El Buki, wind machines, sharp drums, a spoken-word passage, and heartache. In this circumstance, “The very little lights of my Xmas tree/Seem to be as if they speak of you/And in amongst piñatas and smiles/I sense that you might be not right here.” Hey, Buki: consume some ponche with the one tías to make you come to feel much less lonely.
“Navidad y Año Nuevo” — Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos
You can never go erroneous with the finest supergroup of all time, even if this keep track of is a little bit a lot more produced than some of their previously collaborations. Eydie and the trio made two Christmas albums, with “Navidad y Año Nuevo” becoming the greatest music out of the selection. Kudos to Columbia Documents for remembering to place the tilde over the n in año in an era where by they could’ve been excused for the error. Despite the fact that imagine the aftermath if they hadn’t put on the tilde…YIKES!
“24 de Diciembre” — Juan Gabriel
Okay, so this is not one of JuanGa’s better efforts, also enamored he is of castanets and mid-1990s beats. But this is El Divo de Juarez we are speaking about, in the 12 months of his passing. And the extra I pay attention to this track, the additional I assume Juanes took some factors of this music to produce his mega-hit “A Diós le Pido”—just hear closely…
“Rumba en Navidad” — Grupo Kual
Not to be puzzled with the La Sonora Matancera vintage of the identical identify, this may be the most danceable rola on this list, even if it really is unhappy AF: a guy is lacking his girl and mothers and fathers since he’s “far from his pueblo.” But anxiety not: the ceaseless synth appears of sonidero’s most well-known team will clean the sad away—and if you never believe that me, consider the protagonist, who claims “Voy bailando pa’ olvidar”—”I’m dancing to ignore.” WEEEEBEEEEEE!
“Deseo de Navidad” — Ramón Ayala
Really don’t think the opening accordion riff of “Jingle Bells” provided by Mexico’s accordion king: This one’s the saddest Christmas song of them all. A spouse tells his departed spouse that not only does he pass up her, but their sons miss out on their mami even additional. “They do not want for toys or gifts,” the protagonist pleads. “They just want for you to return to his house.” And as just one additional dagger to the heart, Ayala finishes off the music with “Jingle Bells” again—BRUH…