Mexican Corridos Research Paper

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Mexican corridos and the subgenre, narcocorridos, are very popular in today’s Hispanic music culture. Like any other musical genre, there are people who are for corridos and people who are against them. The people against corridos frown upon this music, because they believe the lyrics and stories (in corridos) glorify and promote violence, drug trafficking, and criminals. In their eyes, corridos are so problematic, they believe the best thing to do is to erase and/or ban corridos from all music culture. They believe that banning corridos would somehow stop sending people the “wrong” message. On the other hand, the audiences that enjoy corridos feel a connection to the stories and lyrics. Typically, this audience is made up of Mexicans, Mexican-Americans, and Hispanics. Although some people believe that corridos glorify criminal acts, others feel like these songs tell the stories people are too scared to talk about, or that is not often seen or heard in the popular media. These songs mirror stories of people’s…show more content…
The Spanish romance is a story song (ballad) in otosyllabic quatrain. An example of a Spanish romance is “Romance de Delgadina” which can also be heard in a corrido version (“Delgadina” by Lydia Mendoza). Like the Spanish romance, corridos are used to tell stories about historical people, places, and events in Mexico. In The Bracero Experience: Elitelore Versus Folklore, Maria Herrera-Sobek states “Mexican corridos or Mexican folksongs yields valuable information as to the ideology, world view, political, economic, and social situation of the Mexican people.” Some of the Mexican communities saw corridos as oral history, which communicated moral lessons and gave them a reason to be proud of their national identity. The history traveled to communities that did not have the opportunities to receive an education, and allowed them to understand what was going in their

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