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  • The Origins of Norteño (Los Centillas)

    The Origins of Norteño (Los Centillas)

    This Friday at Noches Musicales, Los Centillas will be performing on the steps of the gazebo! The band specializes in norteño music, a genre of Mexican music relating to polka and corridos! Two instruments are prominent in all norteño music, the accordian and the bajo sexto -- a twelve-string instrument originated in Mexico. 

    Its history begins with Emporer Maximillian I, who came to México from Middle Europe and brought together bands and musicians to entertain him. When his empire fell, his armies and musicians fled into what's now the Southwestern United States. Norteño music came to be after Mexican and Spanish genres, brass, and Germanic styles like waltz and polka blended together. In the early 1900s, a new form of ballad rose up called corrido. It was implemented into norteño, with Los Alegres de Teran becoming one of the very first official norteño bands in the world. 

    In fact, norteño music can differ based on where it's played. For example, Norteño bands in America are influenced by American music styles, while other artists all across the world are influenced by whatever country they play in. I.e., the Carribean, Mexico, Spain.

    And if you want to take a gander at how local norteño sounds, come down to the Casa de la Cultura on Friday, August 11 from 8:30-11:00PM to hear Los Centillas play its own unique adorno, their own special musical interlude between lyrics!