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Album Review

The title track from Smithsonian Folkways' La Bamba: Sones Jarochos From Veracruz is the instantly recognizable Mexican folk song (originally from the early 1800s) made popular in the '50s by Ritchie Valens, but here it is transported back to its roots as a son jarocho (a type of lively rural folk song from Veracruz). Chiming harp melodies rolling over bright percussion construct this singularly unique sound, led by the skilled hands of harpist Felipe Ochoa and the lively vocals of "caller" José Gutiérrez Ramón. The songs are almost exclusively romantic in nature, as this recording avoids the more humorous boasting or taunting of sones jarochos, leaving the listener with beautifully poetic passages like "Little bird, you are pretty and of a pretty color/But you would be even prettier if you would do me the favor of taking a little piece of paper to the woman who owns my love." Anyone who has decided that traditional music is stuffy, dusty, or does not apply to modern-day living should be required to listen to this spectacular, vibrant, and life-affirming album.

Customer Reviews


My Parents were born in Veracruz, Mexico and so I grew up listening and dancing these music. There are several groups playing this same songs as they are in deed the typical repertoire of "sones Veracruzanos" Yet this album might be the neatest and better played than the ones I've previously heard so far (I have heard hundreds) Highly recommendable. Gracias.

Feels like home...

I have been looking for a complilation of music like this for some time now. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and watching my grandfather perform for our family gatherings and reunions. This music just makes you feel at home and full of life. I am planning to have it at my wedding as I walk out and while the audience is waiting for the wedding to start. Ay! Me encanta! :)

Good music

If you like this album, check out Los Pregoneros Del Puerto. This music is so beautiful and takes me back to my roots.

La Bamba: Sones Jarochos from Veracruz, José Gutiérrez & Los Hermanos Ochoa
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