When the U. S. man in the street thinks about Mexican music, chances are he thinks of two songs:
1) La Paloma and 2) La Cucaracha.
Yet La Paloma, though once tremendously popular in Mexico, was written by a Spaniard who lived in Cuba, and both it and La Cucaracha are more Cuban than Mexican in rhythm. Today most of Mexico's music is Spanish in origin. But ancient instruments dug from Aztec tombs prove that Mexico was musical long before Cortez & his Spaniards conquered it.
Last week Mexico's No. 1 musician, wiry,...