— Jock Genetics (@JockGenetics) August 17, 2019
Well, most of the world’s music these days is largely rooted in European music. So one question is what non-European contributions are there? Compared to African rhythms, Native American music, with its plodding rhythms, is pretty dull. So, in Hispanic/Lusitanic America, mulatto music (e.g., Cuba and Brazil) tends to be better than mestizo music (e.g., Mexico and Peru).
Mexican music is remarkably unfashionable in the United States at present. The widely popular stuff generally seems to have mulatto roots from the Caribbean rather than mestizo roots: e.g., there is a music festival this week at Rosarito Beach in Mexico’s Baja California aimed at Hispanics from Southern California, but its stars are Puerto Rican, not Mexican:
ROSARITO, Mexico — The organizers of this weekend’s Baja Beach Fest in Rosarito, Mexico, had a clear goal in mind for their second annual event: booking Bad Bunny and Ozuna — two Puerto Rican superstars at the red-hot center of the booming Latin-pop scene — on the same bill.
“They both think they’re the biggest guy in the space,” said Chris Den Uijl, 32, who co-founded the music festival last year with his business partner, Aaron Ampudia, 26.
(While the stars are Puerto Ricans, the organizers … Well, Aaron Ampudia looks like a regular white guy whose last name ends in a vowel, while Chris Den Uijl makes Cody Bellinger look like Fernando Valenzuela.)
A possible answer to the question of why Mexican music in the U.S. seldom changes stylistically over the decades is because it’s nostalgia music for immigrants yearning for home. It seemed like Mexican-Americans in the U.S. were starting to develop their own versions of rock in the 1950s and 1960s (Ritchie Valens, Doug Sahm, ? and the Mysterians, etc.), but then they got flooded by Mexican immigrants in the later 20th Century.
A lot of Mexican music today is derived from the hot new styles in the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the 19th Century. I’m unsure whether the accordion and polka got to Mexico with Catholic Europeans accompanying the Habsburg princeling Emperor Maximilian I of Mexico in the 1860s and then filtered north into the American southwest, or whether Germans and Czechs in Texas influenced people in the north of Mexico.
On the other hand, since black-influenced music tends to get worse over the generations, due to the decline in excellence among African Americans, maybe in a few generations the same old same old Mexican accordion music will be considered the world’s best pop music. Who knows?