The Song of the Corridistas

Student performing a corrido in 2010 (© Flickr/KCET Departures)

The corrido, or ballad, is one of Mexico’s oldest song styles. During the 19th and early 20th century, they were the Mexican equivalent of Spanish romances or cowboy songs of the old West. A new breed of corridistas has popularized the form again. But the protagonists in these modern ballads are drug traffickers or immigrants fighting for survival. The genre inspired dozens of hit movies, as well as condemnation by conservative politicians.

Produced for Aural Tapestry and presented by David Swatling

Euroquest March 14, 2002