Mexico City Bootleg

 1. Desconocido: Cumbia Del Requinto

2. Desconocido: Cumbia Mexicana

3. Desconocido: La Derrota De León














 Got this one in Mexico City about 3-4 years ago. My buddy Eamon (Dj Lengua) and I have a record dealer in D.F. who showed up to our hotel room and not only did he bring bags of records, but he also brought his entire family. According to Morelos (that’s his name), it was he who single handily brought cumbia to Mexico in the 70’s (highly unlikely). Although he did mention going to Colombia to bring records back to Mexico during that era, which seems more plausible. We tried to guess why he’d bring his family, but the more logical answer was that it was his wife who brought him. Maybe it was to make sure Morelos wouldn’t end up spending all the money he made in some bar. Puro Naco style.

Amazing cumbia bootleg/compilation record from Mexico. It’s a real mixed bag in terms of  styles and eras. From the 60’s to the 80’s, from South America to Mexico, to cumbias and gaitas. The three songs I selected pretty much reflect that and are songs that I either don’t have or that rarely show up on other vinyl/cd’s. An album like this just shows you how maliable the cumbia sound can be. Cumbia’s basic 4/4 rhythm structure and simple lyrics can really be mixed with any generation and/or regional music style.  I have a friend who actually owns Vol I and I still can’t figure out if those two girls are dancing or fighting. Desconocido (unknown). They don’t have the artists listed, which seems appropriate since it’s a bootleg. La Derrota De León (the path to Leon) is a great version of the cumbia sampuesana.

9 Responses to “Mexico City Bootleg”

  1. 1 Jo/No September 22, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for these top tunes! I just love especially the first one of the batch and have listened to it over and over again here at work the last hour!

    I will add you to my blogroll as soon as I get home today and you are very welcome to listen to my humble compilation of Latino Delights over at:

  2. 4 Naco August 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Morelos always has the goods. I’ve been buyn records from him for over 10yrs and he’s definitely not a naco or drunk. I think his family (who are very nice and have shared home cooked meals with me) came along because they probably didn’t believe that he was going to meet up with some guys in a hotel room to sell records and bring home a bunch of cash. My family don’t believe me either on how much money I spend on records or sell records for. Maybe they wanted to make sure the money he was bringing home was from selling records and not some illegal business. Overall Morelos is the best record dealer in DF and he always brings stuff I never knew I needed.

  3. 5 josephfranko August 9, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    I am totally joking. I really don’t know the if the guy is a drunk or not. I am writing it more out of humor. I just met him a few times and he is a very nice guy. Wow!!!! how weird this is. What a small world.

    – Franko

    • 6 Naco August 10, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      Its cool to hear that he has brought new music to a lot of people’s ears and that you in turn are able to share it with others thru ur blog( though him startn cumbia in mexico is a stretch! I have heard his stories and can only vouch for him being an excellent cumbia promoter as i have seen pics). I still have a lot of records that i have bought from home over the years and haven’t gotten around to listen to them cuz of work and geography. I know I have tons of good cumbia, salsa, boogaloo and crazy shit from tepito in boxes somewhere in michoacan, las vegas storage, and LA friend’s home. I may just finally get around to listening to it and share it with others on a blog like you. I may give him a call and visit next month just to see whats up. Btw, did he ever introduce u to one of his contacts that has EVERY Colombian record and they are all mostly in NM condition? Dude has even mexican pressings on eco or bootlegs of colombian records? It’s like the Mexican mob for Colombian records and yes u will have to pay top price but they will give u ur fix. U don’t have to go Colombia no more, just go to DF.

  4. 7 lengua September 16, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Morelos is cool, he is very honest and has a really nice family.
    I went to his house last time I was in DF and we talked tunes. He is promoting shows in Monterrey a lot nowadays. He is definitely the more honest sellers on Juarez & Balderas but to tell you the truth this story is from the days when these records went by the pound, and now I can barely afford to buy more than just a few at a time. One thing that is true is that his car has no reverse so if you ever hitch a ride from him be prepared to push your way out of traffic jams, and that my friends IS naco, god bless naco transmissions!!!

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