Mexico City – Los Tigres del Norte celebrate Latino pride more vigorously than ever on their new "MTV Unplugged" album, in which they are joined by a host of guest performers including Juanes, Residente and Zack de la Rocha.
An advance copy of the all-acoustic performance, recorded in Los Angeles, was sent to the media and it shows the kings of Mexican norteño (country) music delivering a passionate message about what it means to have left one's homeland to seek a better life in the United States.
Bassist Hernan Hernandez, one of five current members of the band that was founded in 1968 in the Mexican state of Sinaloa and now is based out of San Jose, California, said in a press conference Thursday in Mexico City to present the album that he and the rest of the group were very pleased with the outcome.
"It's going to be difficult to top this, but there'll be other things we can do," Hernandez said.
One track featuring a guest appearance by Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, "La jaula de oro" (The Golden Cage), tells the story of an undocumented migrant who dreams of going back to Mexico because, despite having a job, family and money in the United States, he feels like a prisoner outside his homeland.
The Mexican-American vocalist of rock band Rage Against the Machine, Zack de la Rocha, contributes to another memorable song, "Somos mas americanos" (We're More American).
In it, he and Los Tigres give a defiant response to opponents of illegal immigration: "Yo no cruce la frontera, la frontera me cruzo" (I didn't cross the border, the border crossed me).
Another song with a political bent mixes norteño with rapping by Puerto Rican hip-hop artist Residente, who delivers the lines: "Todo lo comparto con mis hermanos / por eso soy la pesadilla del sueño americano" (I share everything with my brothers; that's why I'm the American dream's nightmare).
Los Tigres also perform with Paulina Rubio on "Golpes en el corazon," a tune in which the pop vocals of "La Chica Dorada" (The Golden Girl) are accompanied by the prominent accordion and bajo sexto of the norteño genre. EFE
MEX31. Mexico City - The members of norteño band Los Tigres del Norte - Luis Hernandez (far left), Eduardo Hernandez (3rd from left), Hernan Hernandez (3rd from right), Jorge Hernandez (2nd from right) and Oscar Lara (far right) - pose for a photo during a press conference here Thursday to present their new "MTV Unplugged" album, an advance copy of which was delivered to media outlets. Also in the photo are two guest performers on the album, Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio (center) and Argentina's Diego Torres (2nd from left). Los Tigres del Norte celebrate Latino pride more vigorously than ever on the new recording, whose guest performers also include Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes, Puerto Rican hip-hop artist Residente and the Mexican-American vocalist of rock band Rage Against the Machine, Zack de la Rocha.