Monday, January 17, 2011

Music Monday: Chingon

 After five years of Spanish classes it was singing along to this song that taught me to roll my Rs.

I've actually written about this song before, but since I have so many new people checking out my blog, I thought I'd talk about it again. Introducing: Malaguena Salerosa by Chingon. This song is on the Kill Bill 2 soundtrack which is where I first heard it. It's a re-imagining, if you will, of this song, which is also really great. Here's a clip of Pedro Galindo, singing in the movie 'Al Son Del Mambo'

Al Son Del Mambo is a Mexican film from 1950, directed by Chano Urueta. 

Old Mexican movies are one of my all-time favorite things to watch. Thanks, Spanish 450B (my Mexican Film Class at UVic)! Especially the funny ones. They're so great. Cantinflas anybody? Yes!

Here's Chingon's version, playing live at the Kill Bill 2 premiere 
(from the Special Features section of the DVD):

I love Mexican folk music. Somehow it weaseled its way into my heart and now it's stuck there forever. Same with Mexican films. I would love to hear any recommendations for Spanish language music or films that you love (please don't say Y Tu Mama Tambien). They don't have to be Mexican, I'd love to watch something from Argentina or Chile. Or anywhere. Spanish.

Anyway, long story short, if you've taken anything from this post, I hope it's that Cantinflas is hilarious.

 Yeah, he really had that...anti-mustache. 
I should write more on Cantinflas sometime, his story is really interesting. 

Movie photos from here here here and here.
Cantinflas pics from here here here here and here.

Later alligators.


  1. Just to be clear, I'm not saying I don't like Y Tu Mama Tambien, it's just the first thing people ask me if I've seen every time.

    Yes, I've seen it. And it's awesome. But it also makes me feel very uncomfortable and sad and I kind of hate watching it. Even though it's awesome.

  2. HA! I love Malaguena Salerosa! It's another of my driving songs. I also like me some Mariachi music. There I said it. I'm a big fan of Mexican culture.

    And margaritas. Naturally.

  3. Really? Twice in one day? That's a bit much, and it's the last time it's getting published. Fag.


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