The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23439   Message #260265
Posted By: Jim Dixon
18-Jul-00 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Hispanic or Latino music?
Subject: Hispanic or Latino music?
I have discovered that I like certain kinds of Latino or Hispanic music, but I don't know much about it, and I certainly am not familiar with its terminology. I don't even know whether "Latino" and "Hispanic" are interchangeable.

Here are some other terms I have encountered for certain genres or sub-genres of music, but wouldn't know how to define them: salsa, norteno (should that be capitalized?), mariachi, Tex-Mex, Tejano and there probably are some others that I can't remember. Anyone care to enlighten me with definitions?

My favorite musician so far is Flaco Jimenez. I love the extravagant accordion riffs that occur between verses and sometimes between lines of a verse. What do you call his style? Who else plays in that style? Would you call it folk, traditional, pop, or something else entirely? Any other particular musicians you'd like to recommend?