Cinco de Mayo marks a date of great significance to Mexico as it celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Although the Mexican army was eventually defeated, the "Batalla de Puebla" represents a symbol of countrywide unity and patriotism as Mexico demonstrated its willingness to defend itself against foreign intervention.
In honor of Mexico's fortitude, we present our Cinco de Mayo playlist featuring music from a collection of Latin GRAMMY-winning artists who have proudly flown the Mexican flag.
Born in San Antonio and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, Aguilar is the son of Mexican recording legends Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre. He is a two-time Latin GRAMMY winner, and "Espejo" is featured on his album Enamorado, which won for Best Ranchero Album in 2007. Aguilar has also won three GRAMMY Awards to date.
"Lo Mejor De Mi Vida" (iTunes>)
Banda El Recodo
One of Mexico's most eclectic acts, Banda El Recodo has dabbled in Latin dance, jazz/swing and classical music over its half century-plus existence. Banda has picked up five Latin GRAMMYs along the way, including Best Banda Performance for "Lo Mejor De Mi Vida" in 2000. The group picked up Best Banda Album for Me Gusta Todo De Ti at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2010.
"No Hay Nadie Como Tú" (iTunes>)
Formed in 1989 in Mexico City, Café Tacvba became one of the preeminent bands from the late '90s rock en español movement. The group has won three Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Record Of The Year for "No Hay Nadie Como Tú" with Calle 13 in 2009.
"Hombre Que Más Te Amó" (iTunes>)
Known as "El Charro de Mexico," Fernández was born in Huentitán del Alto, Jalisco, and graduated from singing on the streets to his status as a veritable Mexican icon. Fernández, who was honored as The Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year in 2002, has won seven Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best Ranchero Album for El Hombre Que Más Te Amó at the recent 12th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2011.
"El México Que Se Nos Fue" (iTunes>)
Born in Parácuaro, Michoacán, Gabriel has sold more than 100 million albums and has performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world over the course of his 30-year career. He was feted as The Latin Recording Academy's Person of the Year in 2009. He received his second career Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Ranchero Album for Juan Gabriel in 2010.
Mexican alternative rockers Jaguares are cool enough to be tied to a Beatle, having covered "Gimme Some Truth" for the John Lennon benefit cover album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur. In 2009 they won a Latin GRAMMY for Best Rock Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for 45, a title referencing the approximately 45 million people in Mexico living in poverty.
"Las Pequeñas Cosas" (iTunes>)
Formed in Mexico City, Jotdog features Jorge (Chiquis) Amaro and María Barracuda. The pop/rock duo made their Latin GRAMMY debut at the 11th annual awards in November 2010 with two nominations for Best New Artist and Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for their self-titled debut.
"Todo Depende De Tí" (iTunes>)
La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho
Formed in Sinaloa, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho is led by band director René Camacho. The band earned their first Latin GRAMMY nomination and win for Best Banda Album for Todo Depende De Tí at the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMYs.
"Herencia De Familia" (iTunes>)
Los Tigres Del Norte
Renowned norteño ensemble Los Tigres Del Norte hail from Rosa Morada, Sinaloa. The group's name came about when an immigration official labeled them as "little tigers" as they crossed the border on their way to their eventual home base in San Jose, Calif. "Herencia De Familia" won a Latin GRAMMY for Best Norteño Performance at the 1st Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000, the first of four awards for the Tigers. The group has also won six GRAMMY Awards to date.
"Lluvia Al Corazóz" (iTunes>)
Formed in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Maná parlayed an early career playing covers from the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to five Latin GRAMMY Awards. "Lluvia Al Corazóz " is the lead track from Drama Y Luz, which won Best Rock Album in 2011.
"Tu Mirada" (iTunes>)
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Mexico, Miguel is known not only for his impressive album catalog (including his 1982 debut album, recorded at the tender age of 11), but also his charismatic live performances. Miguel has won four Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Tu Mirada" in 2000, and five GRAMMY Awards.
"Un Día Más" (iTunes>)
This Latin rock trio formed in Mexicali, Baja California, in 2003 and released their self-titled debut in 2005. Reik raked in a Latin GRAMMY for Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal for Un Día Más in 2009.
"Corazón Espinado" (iTunes>)
Arguably Mexico's most famous electric guitar export, the Autlán de Navarro, Jalisco-born Santana has covered avant-garde fusion, Latin rock and radio-friendly pop during his long-standing career. He struck gold three times at the inaugural Latin GRAMMY Awards in 2000, including Record Of The Year for "Corazón Espinado," a track which featured fellow playlisters Maná. Santana has also won 10 GRAMMY Awards to date.
Juliantla, Guerrero-born Sebastián is not only a seven-time Latin GRAMMY winner, he is also an actor, appearing in the popular Mexican soap opera "Tú Y Yo" in 1996. "Afortunado" won two Latin GRAMMYs for Best Banda Album and Best Regional Mexican Song in 2008. He received a nomination in the latter category again at last year's 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
"Tu Amor O Tu Desprecio" (iTunes>)
Marco Antonio Solís
Born in Ario de Rosales, Michoacán, Solís was but a teenager when he was part of the popular Mexican ensemble Los Bukis. As a solo artist, he has enjoyed a nearly two-decade career and four Latin GRAMMY Awards, including Best Regional Mexican Song for "A Dónde Vamos A Parar" at the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMYs in 2011.
"El Presente" (iTunes>)
Venegas, born in Tijuana, Baja California, is a woman of many talents given her ability to play guitar, accordion and keyboards. Considered one of Latin music's cutting-edge alternative artists, Venegas has won five Latin GRAMMY Awards, including three for her 2008 album MTV Unplugged, and one for Best Short Form Music Video for "Bien O Mal" at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.
"Labios Rotos" (iTunes>)
Mexican alternative/psychedelic band Zoé were formed in Mexico City in 1994. The five-piece outfit includes León Larregui (vocals/guitar), Sergio Acosta (guitar), Angel Mosqueda (bass), Jesús Báez (keyboards), and Rodrigo Guardiola (drums). The band received their first two Latin GRAMMYs for Best Rock Song for "Labios Rotos" and Best Alternative Music Album for Música De Fondo: MTV Unplugged at the 12th Annual Latin GRAMMYs.
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