Durango Bands Keeping It Hot

Published: 2004-06-07
They brought us the Bosa Nova, the Lambada, the Macarena, and now it's Durango – musica de duranguense. Although duranguense is latin music, it did not start in any of the traditional latin hot spots like Texas, Los Angeles, or Miami. Duranguense started in Chicago – a city known for its jazz. And now duranguense bands are tearing up the latin Billboard charts and are spilling out all over the place.

Unlike other musical fads where bands popped up after the craze had started, the top selling duranguense bands have been playing the style for years in the Chicago area and no one but club goers seemed to notice the peppy upbeat sounds which even has its own dance steps.

How long the craze will last is anyone's guess, but duranguense bands are increasing album sales by adding popular covers to the song list.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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