The traditional rhythms of Los Tigres del Norte shook up the Vive Latino music festival here on the weekend, surprising the more than 50,000 people who packed the main venue at Mexico City's Foro Sol.

Despite the fact that Latin American Spanish-language rock groups started out being the central focus of this event in its earlier editions, for years the festival has been opened with other rhythms and groups singing in other languages.

The iconic "norteño" group on Saturday night offered the public a taste of the "corrido" ballads - including "Camelia la Tejana," "La reina del Sur" and "Jefe de jefes" - that have made Los Tigres one of the best-known bands in that musical genre.

On two numbers, the Mexican group - who closed out the evening of the third day of the festival that is considered to be the most important in Latin America - was accompanied by Argentina's Andres Calamaro, who on other occasions has collaborated with the band.

Although Los Tigres del Norte did not disappoint the crowd, the greatest ovations of the night were received by Puerto Rico's Calle 13, who presented to the Mexican public, for the first time, numbers from their most recent project, "Multiviral," as well as songs from other albums such as "No hay nadie como tu" and "La vuelta al mundo."

Serbian moviemaker Emir Kusturica was another of the stars of the evening with his bizarre band Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra, which gave the crowd a dose of its Balkan rhythms.

Other groups who performed on Saturday were Argentina's Los Caligaris, Vintage Trouble from the United States and Spaniards Lori Meyers and Guadalupe Plata. EFE