A little about Playa Zipolite, The Beach of the Dead . . .

Playa Zipolite, Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, on the Pacific Ocean. A little bit about my favorite little get-away on this small world of ours.

Zipolite, a sweaty 30-minute walk west from Puerto Angel, brings you to Playa Zipolite and another world. The feeling here is 1970's - Led Zep, Marley, and scruffy gringos.

A long, long time ago, Zipolite beach was usually visited by the Zapotecans...who made it a magical place. They came to visit Zipolite to meditate, or just to rest.

Recently, this beach has begun to receive day-trippers from Puerto Angel and Puerto Escondido, giving it a more TOURISTY feel than before.

Most people come here for the novelty of the nude beach, yoga, turtles, seafood, surf, meditation, vegetarians, discos, party, to get burnt by the sun, or to see how long they can stretch their skinny budget.

I post WWW Oaxaca, Mexico, Zipolite and areas nearby information. Also general budget, backpacker, surfer, off the beaten path, Mexico and beyond, information.

REMEMBER: Everyone is welcome at Zipolite.



Thursday, August 6, 2015

How to Get Into Music in Spanish JAN 29

How to Get Into Music in Spanish

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Jamming on the street in San Cristobal de las Casas
Before the ease of downloading, when I traveled in places like Brazil, Vietnam and Mexico, I went to street markets, where pirated CDs with photocopied liner notes in plastic sleeves hung from big white racks.
Whenever I heard music I liked, I’d ask the person who it was, what kind of music it was, and which other groups I should listen to. I walked away with stacks of bootleg CDs.
El Chopo, Mexico City's rock market
El Chopo, Mexico City’s rock market
But what’s even better is to have a musician or a music fan write me a list of their favorite bands. Then after a long trip I sit down with my lists and listen to the suggestions on YouTube.
A few posts on this blog are lists of my musical discoveries from Latin America. Many fine artists are practically unknown north of the Mexican/U.S. border, the great cultural divide in North America.
So this is my list to you, from one friend and curious traveler to another:
Kickass Mexican Music – My five favorite Mexican groups/artists from my first year living in Mexico. Now, more than two years after I wrote this article, I’ve seen all but one of these groups live. Can you guess which?
Think You Don’t Like Rock in Spanish – Some great songs, chosen to give a newbie a nice intro to the diversity of Spanish rock:
Rap and Hip Hop in Spanish:
Latin Music for Jam Fans – Another primer for quality Rock en Español (rock in Spanish):
Los Tigres del Norte – “Somos Mas Americanos” (We are more American) is a protest song every American should hear. Includes my translation to English:
Vive Latino 2012 – the biggest rock festival in Mexico:
Vive Latino 2013 – a great Sunday lineup of some of my favorite Latin bands:
My experience at Cumbre Tajin 2014, another great music festival in Mexico:
For thoughts on playing, collecting and passing music between travelers – music from around the world – please read Discovering Music on the Road.
Thanks, and please comment with more suggestions. Send me your list from your part of the world. And click on these CDs:

About TC

TC lives in Mexico and writes about travel, culture, music, food, and mountain biking on No Hay Bronca.

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