As part of the celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Tecate has helped put on quite the music celebration. Through a live streaming that takes place Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September, they will be shining a light to the legacy of unsung Mexican American musicians, starting with pioneers that have paved the way to the newest generations. To top it off, they also have shared a reinterpretation of a classic Mexican song to celebrate the music of Texas.
Rearranged and with newly written lyrics by leader Alvaro del Norte, Tex Mex punks Piñata Protest makes the anthem “Mexico Lindo y Querido” their own and expands it to include various faces and sounds of their own community. A four-part suite of a track that races to the four minute mark, PP hits the ground runnng with their usual blend of ranchero stomp and hardcore punk rhythm, followed by a verse by Mariachi Los Amores that leads to a trad norteño section by legends Santiago Jimenez Jr. and Albert “Woody” Rodriguez, finishing with a spoken word outro by Amalia Ortiz. The result is a meeting of generations of artists that have expanded the language of Mexican American music.
While Texas is a known hub of Mexican American culture, some of the details are sometimes left aside, which is why the new version of the endearing anthem is important. It’s new lyrics celebrate Texas and its people and the music reflects it.