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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Las Americas

Adalberto Cruz Álvarez and
Jesús García

Don Beto Cruz from Cucurpe, Sonora, forms part of an older generation of corrido composers and singers from the Sonora-Arizona border, whose repertoire includes stories about border heroes, horse races, and local events. Don Beto performs for family gatherings, such as weddings, quinceañeras, and wakes, as well as community events. Jesús García is a versatile musician of the younger generation who learned many of these corridos growing up in Magdalena, Mexico.

  • Adalberto "Don Beto" Cruz Álvarez, vocals, guitar, violin
  • Jesús García, guitar and vocals
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Corridos and horses in Sonora, Mexico.

Heroes and Horses:
Corridos from the Arizona-Sonora Borderlands