The Corrido of LA
Since the 19th century the corrido functioned as the people's oral newspaper, documenting events of everyday social and political life. In celebration of the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, USC and LACMA hosted the countywide project The Corrido of LA. Students in grades 7–12 throughout Los Angeles were invited to commemorate the city they call home by composing a corrido, or ballad song, in a format of their choosing.
About the project: Students across Los Angeles were invited to submit their own corridos online via a drop box set up on lacma.org. We received more than 80 corridos: audio recordings, handwritten poems, YouTube videos, and drawings. On December 18, 2010, the all-star band Ozomatl performed juried selections here at LACMA, and the students and the community was invited to participate.
Image: Gajin Fujita, The Corrido of L.A., 2010, pen and colored pencil on paper, 8 1/2 x 10 in. (21.6 x 25.4 cm)
This weekend, Ozomatli performs corridos submitted by students across Los Angeles. The event is the culmination of The Corrido of LA: in celebration of the centennial of the Mexican revolution, we invited students in grades 7 to 12 to compose a ballad song about the city they call home...
Last year LACMA and USC hatched a plan. A handful of us got together to discuss how we could celebrate the centennial of the Mexican Revolution and do something fun and creative. Ideas were tossed around the table until we settled on one: reclaiming the time-old tradition of the corrido song by adapting it to our very own city of L.A. We then called the all-star band Ozomatli and asked them to help. . . and they said yes!