NPR First Listen: Original Soundtrack, Documentary 'Hecho En Mexico'

January 4th, 2013 by
Categories: Mexico

npr logoNPR First Listen -- The soundtrack to the documentary film Hecho En Mexico is ambitious and complicated, but the music more than justifies the journey.

Director Duncan Bridgeman's project exploring the history of Mexican culture (released in theaters on Nov. 30) functions as a visual mashup of styles and messages, and the music reflects that. For example, the soundtrack's opening song — by Café Tacvba vocalist Ruben Albarran — mixes his contemporary sounds with indigenous Huichol music, in a seamless blend of ancient and modern Mexico. Visually and musically, it works magnificently.

The artists who follow include the best contemporary alternative artists in Mexico: They include Carla Morrison, Julieta Venegas, Natalia Fourcade, Kinky, Molotov and more. Director Bridgeman and music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein mix and match these artists with traditional Mayan musicians, banda singers, cumbia bands and a spoken-word artist who spits his prose like a fire-breathing dragon. The late Chavela Vargas pops up, too, her independent spirit presiding over the project like a patron saint.

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