The rise of Mexican regional music is one of the industry's big stories of 2023: Styles like ranchera, corrido and of course cumbia have moved beyond the barrios and pueblos onto the global charts. When Bad Bunny is releasing norteño backed by Grupo Frontera, you know something is up.
One of the Mexican regional styles that's earning new listeners is banda, the brass and percussion music from Mexico's west coast that can be heard now even at Coachella. This week Global A Go-Go dives into banda with tracks from current hitmaker Marco Flores Y La Jerez, genre standard-setter Banda El Recodo, and even hipster Grupo Kual? remixing ranchera and banda.
Also this week (Sunday July 2, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards at wrir.org/listen, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): The low-tech voodoo funk of Nana Benz Du Togo, bikutsi from Cameroon is back, Les Sympathics De Porto Novo Benin, more Mexican madness and some bomba and plena to finish things up.