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The Roots of the Narcocorrido

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The Roots of the Narcocorrido

In Mexican folk music, the corrido is a story told in song. The songs are often about oppression, history, daily life for peasants, and other socially relevant topics. One form of corrido that developed during the late 19th century and lives on is the narcocorrido—ballads about drugs and contraband and their illegal trafficking. Professor James Nicolopulos of UC Berkeley traces the musical history of narcocorridos from the late 19th century to the 1970s. Drawing on recordings from the 1920s to the 1970s, Professor Nicolopulos presents musical stories of bandits, smugglers, drug traffickers, and victims on both sides of the Mexico-USA border.

Track Listing

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El Corrido De Heraclio Bernal (The Ballad of Heraclio Bernal) Dueto Adán & Eva with Mariachi Guadalajara 3:12
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Mariano Resendéz Timoteo Cantú y Jesús Maya 3:20
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Nieves Hernández Los Satélites 3:09
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Corrido De Mier (Ballad of Mier) Peña & Tijerina 3:01
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Los Tequileros Jesús Maya y Timoteo Cantú 2:54
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106
Contrabando De El Paso (Contraband of El Paso) - Part I Luís Hernández y Leonardo Sifuentes 2:49
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107
Contrabando De El Paso (Contraband of El Paso) - Part II Luís Hernández y Leonardo Sifuentes 2:54
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108
La Cocaína (Cocaine) Pilar Arcos 3:20
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109
La Marihuana (Marijuana) Trío Garnica-Ascencio 3:11
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110
Corrido De Juan García (The Ballad of Juan García) Los Pingüinos del Norte 2:53
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111
García y Zamarripa Los Hermanos Chavarría 3:19
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112
Los Pateros (The River Bandits) Los Alegres de Terán 2:35
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113
Corrido Del Hampa (Ballad of the Underworld) - Part I Flores & Durán 2:48
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Corrido Del Hampa (Ballad of the Underworld) - Part II Flores & Durán 2:48
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115
La Canela (Ballad of the Cinnamon) Los Alegres de Terán 3:18
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Por Morfina y Cocaína (Because of Morphine & Cocaine) - Part I Manuel C. Valdez & Juan González 3:03
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Por Morfina y Cocaína (Because of Morphine & Cocaine) - Part II Manuel C. Valdez & Juan González 3:01
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118
El Contrabandista (The Contraband Trafficker) - Part I Juan Gaytán & Frank Cantú 3:02
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El Contrabandista (The Contraband Trafficker) - Part II Juan Gaytán & Frank Cantú 3:04
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120
Carga Blanca (White Cargo) Los Cuatesones 3:03
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121
El Profugo (The Fugitive, Marijuana) Juan Gaytán & Frank Cantú 2:57
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122
Corrido De Juan Meneses (The Ballad of Juan Meneses) Las Hermanas Guerrero with Jimmy Morgan's conjunto 2:29
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123
Francisco Martínez Juan Gaytán & Félix Solís 2:47
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124
Tragedia De Los Cargadores (Tragedy of the Drug Couriers) Frank Cantú with Conjunto Topo Chico 2:41
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La Cadena (The Chain Gang) Los Cuatesones 2:45
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El Rey De Pipa Roja (The King of the Red 18-Wheel Tanker) Los Monteños 3:21
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