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Mexican Pop Music


México is musically diverse. Each region has its own son (meaning sound and not to be confused with the ellos conjugation of ser), which are distinctive to those that are listening. Here in Mérida we hear mariachi, trova, marimba, and traditional Mayan music as we walk the streets listening to the various venues. What you may not know is that México also has many popular artists. Following are a few that you may have heard.

aleks syntak

First and foremost in this discussion is Raúl Alejandro Escajadillo Peña (born September 29, 1969 in Mérida, Yucatán, México), better known as Aleks Syntek, is a Méxican singer, songwriter and producer.  The Aleks obviously came from Alejandro and the Syntek came from the fact that he started out playing an electronic keyboard.  On August 30, 2009, he released a new single titled "Loca" also used as the main-theme for the telenovela Los Exitosos Perez and the first single from his latest album.  "Loca" reflects an interesting reimaging of Robert Palmer’s "Addicted to Love" music video. 


Ariadna Thalía Sodi Miranda (born August 26, 1971 in Cuidad de México), is known simply as Thalía.  She is a Méxican singer and actress.  She has sold over 40 million albums worldwide and has sung songs in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Tagalog. As well as singing in those languages she speaks Spanish, English, and French. Thalía achieved worldwide success in music with her 1997 album Amor a la Mexicana which is her best-selling album to date. Thalía’s first studio album to be released globally was En éxtasis and the album included her first international hit, Piel morena. And my favorite of hers is Estoy Enamorada.

Estoy Enamorado

Julieta Venegas Percevault (born November 24, 1970 in Long Beach, California, USA) is a Mexican singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter, who performs Spanish-language rock and pop music.  Julieta grew up in Tijuana and began studying music at the age of eight.  She went on to join several bands, including Tijuana No!, before starting a career on her own.  In addition to singing and writing her own songs, she plays instruments including acoustic guitar, accordion, and keyboard.  She has won five Latin Grammys and one Grammy.  One of my favorite songs of hers is "El Presente."

El Presente

rodrigo-y-gabrielapaper01Rodrigo y Gabriela , also known as "El Rodri y La Gabi", are a Mexican musical duo (both from Cuidad de México) who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars.  The duo’s members are Rodrigo Sanchez, lead guitar, and Gabriela Quintero rhythm guitar.

They are ex-thrash metal band mates from the Band Terra Acida.  They became itinerant musicians, first in Ixtapa where they wrote most of their first album.  They then gained a reputation by playing in the pubs and bars of Dublin, Ireland.  Their first album was released only in Ireland, but we managed to get a copy shipped to us in the states.

We had the pleasure of seeing them twice, once in Boulder and again in Denver.  The live sound is the same as the recordings; there is no over dubbing or any electronic aids.  What you hear is what they do.  This is the video from Rodrigo y Gabriela’s single "Hanuman" from their new record 11:11.


Jesse & JoyJesse & Joy are a Latin Grammy Award–winning Mexican pop duo formed in 2005 by siblings Jesse (born December 31, 1982 as Jesse Eduardo Huerta) and Joy (born June 20, 1986 as Tirzah Joy Huerta).  They are from Cuidad de México.  Their parents are from D.F. and USA (Mexican father and US mother).  Jesse plays the piano, the guitar, and does the chorus of the songs and Joy plays the guitar and is the lead voice.  We noticed them when we saw their music video of Chocolate while dining at La Esquina restaurante at, appropriately, the corner of Calle 35 and el Paseo.  Here’s the YouTube link to their song "Chocolate."


CamilaCamila is a Mexican soft rock group which reached success in México and all over Latin America with the release of their debut album "Todo Cambió." The group consists of vocalist, composer and producer Mario Domm, vocalist Samuel Parra and guitarist Pablo Hurtado.

Mario Domm (born January 22, 1977 in Torreón, Coahuila) entered the Escuela Nacional de Música in Cuidad de México at age 17, where he studied singing, music theory, piano, harmony and counterpoint. In 2001, He signed a contract with Sony Music to release his first solo and only album Mexi-Funky-Music. Domm has also produced hits for Paulina Rubio and Thalía.

Samuel Parra better known as "Samo" (born in Veracruz), participated in 1995 in the successful Festival Valores Juveniles.

Pablo Hurtado (born in San Luis Potosi) began his career at age 5. He studied Music Production and Audio Engineering at the Academy of Music Fermatta.  You have probably heard this tune, "


And many, many more . . . .

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 18/08/2011 10:18

    Don’t forget Luis Miguel, even though he is a Spanish (born in Puerto Rico of Spanish paents) citizen he is considered “El Sol de México”.

  2. 20/08/2011 14:16

    This is a great post. Susan, from Moving to Mérida, posted recently about Rodrigo y Gabriela and I think they are amazing. In fact I downloaded one of their albums from i-Tunes. The video of them performing in the desert is amazing.

  3. 20/08/2011 14:56

    Enjoyed this post! Two of my favorite artists, Rod & Gab (Tamacun) and Julieta (Canciones de Amor), are listed with my favorite songs by each in parenthesis.

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