Los Madrugadores, 1931-1937 (Arhoolie Folklyric 7035; 77:15) is some of the hippest archival American music most people have never heard. Mexican music is a rich, unjustly neglected terrain, too often dismissed as kitsch in the areas of the U.S. that were once part of Mexico. Los Madrugadores (a.k.a. “The Early Risers,” after the early hours of their radio broadcasts) were popular in Los Angeles in the ’30s, becoming pioneers in the field of a Mexican-American music which literally reached across borders on the democratic forum of the radio.
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