Happy Cinco De Mayo


What’s Cinco de Mayo? Well, most American’s may know it as a day to slam margaritas and eat tacos, it’s actual a day celebrating a major battle in Mexican history. In the US, we do sometimes mistake it to be Mexico’s Independence Day but that’s on September 16th!

Cinco de Mayo is a celebration held on May 5th in the United States and in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride; one way they can honor their ethnicity is to celebrate this day.

The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín.

The victory represented a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and the Mexican people at large. As Time magazine remarked, “The Puebla victory came to symbolize unity and pride for what seemed like a Mexican David defeating a French Goliath“. It helped establish a much-needed sense of national unity and patriotism.

1901 poster for Cinco de Mayo

Since I’ll use pretty much any holiday as an excuse to look back on the collection and see what applies, I figured I’d make a little compilation of Mexican artists and songs for you to check out. So, make that margarita, salt the rim and kick back to some of these songs today!

A Treasury of Spanish & Mexican Song  – Cynthia Gooding

The Triplets

Redbone

Ritchie Valens – Little Girl, La Bamba and Come On, Lets Go

Guaglione – Perez Prado And His Orchestra (technically Cuban, but worked in Mexican cinema)

And lastly, for now, NWA since there is some Mexican heritage within the group.

That’s all that’s entered in the collection for now. I really hope to add some more Mexican artists and maybe even get an album of lesser known folk musicians.

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!!

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