In Mexico, music can surely be a meaningful expression of one's cultural and historical heritage, but it can also just be plain fun. Mexican music has thousand of years of history behind it, but that doesn’t make it stale. Actually, music in Mexico is ever-evolving, and Mexican musicians aren’t shy about forging new territory, even while remembering their cultural home base.
Mexican music has blended with forms from the Southwestern United States, especially Texas, where “tejano” music mixes both Spanish and Texan instruments and sounds.
While many Mexican musicians base their music in tradition, there are also thriving modern music scenes through the country — rock, pop, punk, hip-hop, techno…. any music, anywhere, has a home in Mexico.
Mexico is the product of a rich Native American heritage, three centuries of Spanish rule, and a shared border with the world's richest country, the United States. Today, many Mexicans are mestizos, which means they have a mix of Native American and Spanish blood.
Tango is a partner dance that developed in the 1900s in towns along the border between Argentina and Uruguay, then rose as a distinct genre of music and dance in Argentina’s Buenos Aires and Uruguay’s Montevideo. The musical genre and the dance that personifies it both fuse a variety of European dances and styles of music with African-inspired rhythms and dances.
Tango today is romantic, formal and intensely artistic–there are people who take their tango very seriously and consider the dance the highest form of high art. Most of the rest just find it dramatic and fun, and enjoy the spirit of the dance, especially when joining others at a “milonga,” which is a place/event where many come to tango.