Various Artists

El Caiman, Sones Huastecos

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The son huasteco is well known throughout Mexico for its nonstop energy and marvellous falsetto vocals. This hard-pressed style -- vanishing like many regional Mexican forms -- won't go down without a fight from the amazingly resilient performers on this anthology. Los Caporales is among the best of the ten ensembles showcased here with the bumblebee violin, chugging huapanguera guitar, and yodeling interplay that has made the son huasteca famous. Also outstanding are early performances by Los Camperos de Valles vocalist Marcos Hernandez, recorded in 1971 when he was the 17-year-old wunderkind of Los Cantoes de la Sierra. Los Trovadores del Panuco led by Esperanza Zumaya, showcases a rare example of a woman singing lead in a male-dominated genre. This is amazingly energetic music with lots of variety in its interpretation by different groups.

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