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Felix Contreras Latin Roots Ranchera

Chavela Vargas We are back with another of our popular Latin Roots series. This time Felix Contreras from NPR's Alt-Latino is here to explore the Ranchera. We'll hear old and new examples of this Mexican narrative form. The first song is by Jorge Negrete, one of the most famous Ranchera singers of all time.
Ranchera literally translates to "from the ranch," and first began appearing during the Mexican Revolution around 1910. The lyrics were originally written about love and patriotism, but evolved during the ten year Revolution to reflect more of the political climate at the time in Mexico, and was later used in Mexican movies during the boom period of the 1940s, '50s and '60s. The second song is by Chavel Vargas who passed away this past summer at the age of 93.

Latin Roots is made possible by the generous support of the Wyncote Foundation.

Jorge Negrete
15 Exitos Immortales de Jorge Negrete
Chavel Vargas
Sentimiento de Mexico, Vol. 2

Spotify list for this from Felix Contreras:
Cuatro Caminos by Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Lola Beltran
Media Vuelta by Lucha Villa
Amorcita Corazon by Pedro Infante
El Ultimo Trago by Chavela Vargas
Volver, Volver by Vicente Fernandez
Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes by Jorge Negrete
En Mi Viejo San Juan by Javier Solis
Una vez mas by Rocio Durcal
Traigo un Amor by Lucha Reyes
La Cancion Mexicana by Flor Silvestre