Thursday, January 3, 2008


"La Bamba" is a highly danceable folk song original from Veracruz (a city in the Gulf of Mexico) with picaresque lyrics. A rock version was popularized wordwide by Ritchie Valens in the late 1950s. In Mexico City you only hear ¡bamba! as an interjection to denote emphatic agreement. Its equivalent is something between a "done deal" and "fucking-A". It's harmless yet colorful.

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