I’ve been wanting to make some time to visit with the local fans of pointy boots and musica Mexicana “tribal” and other US-borne Mexican regional sound like Duranguense. Cesar Gaytan recently hosted Los Horoscopos de Durango (I was checking due to distant ties since they had been shot at coming from Chicago through Dallas to Laredo) and we got to chat about the differences in music styles and customs. According to him:
Both are into the “pointy boot” craze (among males) but Tribal is the big lead and comes more from the San Luis Potosi state region although it way more fans in the US than in Northern Mexico. So big is it that it made mainstreet yahoo news today:
Tribal is more like cumbia mixed with colombian sounds and samba.
Duranguense is kinda more tambora and ranchero type.
The pointy-boot fad coincided with a new dance craze of gyrating, drawer-dropping troupes dressed in matching western shirts and skinny jeans to accentuate their footwear.
They dance to “tribal” music, a mixture of Pre-Columbian and African sounds mixed with fast cumbia bass and electro-house beats. In Matehuala, all-male teams compete in weekly danceoffs at four nightclubs that offer prizes of $100 to $500, and often a bottle of whiskey.
The troupes are so popular, they’re hired to dance at weddings, for quinceaneras, celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe, bachelorette parties and even rosary ceremonies for the dead. One group, Los Parranderos, or The Partiers, filmed a wedding scene for “Triunfo del Amor,” or “Love’s Triumph,” a prime-time soap opera on the Televisa network.
I was accustomed to having many relatives showing off their pointy-toed boots but “normal-sized” pointy-toed if you can say there is such a thing. This new trend takes things to a new level and there is a huge community in Houston and Dallas where you often hear someone being referred to as a Chuntaro, which is used both as an insult and a badge of pride. For example, check out one of my favorite sites to peek through – yes, a guilty pleasure. It is called Chuntaritos.com and invites viewers to send in photos of Chuntaros, Shulas (Northern Mexican pronunciation for Chulas – pretty girls), Papis (hot guys) and fan pictures (usually boots and accessories).
So why is this post in a Laredo blog?? Because I don’t want you to freak out if you see a botas picudas (pointy boot) contest at your local club one of these days :).
UPDATE: Another video from yahoo http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?cl=25246458