Mexican Pointy Boots/Tribal Guarachero

Mexican Pointy Boots/Tribal Guarachero

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3Ball is a mixture of Mexican pre-hispanic rhythms and melodies and cumbia put to a slamming hard house beat at around 130bpm. The style hinges on its incessant tripping rhythm and its melodic simplicity. Bare boned, tribal dancefloor sounds which break away from traditional clubbing styles to form something new and fresh. The style became hugely popular with young people in the clubs of the northern city of Monterrey, before Mexican don Toy Selectah, an early champion of the sound, helped to take it global, introducing productions from Monterrey DJs Erik Rincon and Sheeqo Beat to dancefloors from Brooklyn to London, making 3Ball another global sound.

The amazing thing about 3Ball is the age of the producers: Erick Rincon, DJ Otto and Sheeqo Beat all about 18 years old. They represent the first generation of young Mexican DJs and producers who have the accessibility to affordable computer technology: bedroom DJs whose innovative music can be made global. The changes the internet and computers have made to music over the past ten years are huge, music can now be produced by anyone with a computer anda copy of Fruity Loops, put on the internet and sent around the world. This is what happened with 3Ball and the Man Recordings podcast is a fascinating insight into the style, its history and indeed its future. It remains to be seen as to whether the style will continue to grow outside of Mexico or if it will become another globall bass fad. It is certainly a very exciting and interesting musical development and the young age of the producers makes you wonder if they are making these sounds at that age, just what they will be producing in three years time?

THE BOOTS

Mexican pointy boots (Spanish: Botas picudas mexicanas) are a style of boots made with elongated toes that are popular footwear for men in parts of Mexico as well as in the United States. The boots are said to have originated in Matehuala in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí. The pointy boots have risen to popularity at the same time as “tribal guarachero” music and the boots have become a preferred footwear for the all-male troupes that dance to the tribal music.
The pointy boots are made by elongating the toe of normal boots by as much as 5 feet (1.5 m), causing the toes to curl up toward the knees. Those boys or men who can not afford to pay a shoemaker to prepare the boots use garden hoses to make their own. The boots are then further modified according to the wearer’s personal taste. Alterations incorporate paint and sequins and can go as far as adding flashing LED lights, disco balls and even mirrors.
The principal exponents of this musical genre are the guys of 3BALLMTY (dj erick rincon, dj Sheeqo Beat and Dj Otto), Dj mouse, dj alan rosales, dj antena, dj KlaC, dj cucañas, dj manuel palafox, dj javier estrada, dj Cobra, dj tetris, dj trikoo, etc.

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