Huasteca region sits roughly between the Gulf
of Mexico on the east and the Sierra Madre
Oriental on the west and from Rio Tuxpan in
the south to Tampico (sometimes disputed) in
the north. This region is home to the
rhythmically complex music, Son Huasteco.
Villanueva describes Son Huasteco in his
book Cancionero de la Huasteca this
Son Huasteco is the perfect trinity:
music, song and dance. Violin, jarana,
haupanguera. The singing, total intensity,
rips apart the imported couplet,
undoubtedly Spanish in origin, and
mixes the local, indigenous-like.
The falsetto bursts sharply into
the peaks of a saeta" (a
Spanish form of religious song with arabic
the cantinas to the cornfields, this music
provides a soundtrack for richly varied
lives with rhythms and lyrics filled with
history, as current as today's headlines and
as intimate as a personal feeling.