Analysis Of El Contrabando De El Paso

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The corrido is a song in a narrative form, or a ballad. The songs were brought around by Mexican-Americans of the southwest. As Spaniards travelled, they carried these musical traditions with them to help make the transition easier. Many of the Mexican corridos became a musical tradition. These ballads became tradition especially around the Río Grande del Norte. The Río Grande was known for the wandering smugglers who would boast about their contraband to those around. Smuggling was a thriving business where smugglers and bootleggers would make a decent amount of money for smuggling tequila and other alcohol substances over through the Rio Grande. “El Contrabando de El Paso” is a ballad that tells the journey of a group of convicted smugglers

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