Born in South Texas, a traditional conjunto quartet consists of bajo sexto, accordion, string bass, and a drumset coming together to create a good-time atmosphere perfect for dancing. Conjunto music has its roots in European and Mexican musical styles, drawing from Polish and Czech polkas, waltzes, and schottische, as well as Mexican rancheras, cumbia, and huapango. Including Tex-Mex icons such as Amadeo Flores as well as current innovators like Los Texmaniacs, this playlist offers a taste of conjunto classics alongside contemporary pieces that incorporate diverse rhythms from rock, R&B, and Western swing. Conjunto, popular among one of the largest Latino populations in the US, is a key part of the Smithsonian Folkways Tradiciones series.
2013 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings