Latin Music USA

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The Legends: Los Tigres del Norte

With half a dozen Grammys, and sales in the tens of millions, Los Tigres del Norte--The Tigers of the North--has become the most famous band mainstream America never heard of. Watch LATIN MUSIC USA Friday, April 28 and Friday, May 5 at 9/8C on PBS (check local listings).

AIRED: October 19, 2009 | 0:02:44
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♪ Soy el jefe de jefes, señores ♪

SMITS: With half a dozen Grammys,

and sales in the tens of millions,

Los Tigres del Norte, "The Tigers of the North," has become

the most famous band mainstream America never heard of.

They pack arenas all across the country,

and their style of music-- musica Norteña-

outsells all other types of Latin music in the U.S.

♪ Muchos pollos que a penas nacieron ♪

SMITS: And for many of the 12 million Mexican nationals

who have immigrated to this country since the 1980s,

many of them undocumented,

Los Tigres del Norte have become their champions.

Gracias! Gracias!

Gracias!

SMITS: The Tigres, four brothers and a cousin

from a ranching family in northern Mexico,

immigrated to California themselves in 1968.

Today they are U.S. citizens,

but spent many years living illegally

and much of their music is born of that experience.

♪ Porque somos los mojados

♪ Siempre nos busca la ley

♪ Porque estamos ilegales

♪ Y no hablamos el ingles

♪ El Gringo terco a sacarnos ♪

♪ Y nosotros a volver

♪ Como un aguila en vuelo

♪ Como la fiera en celo

♪ Desafiando fronteras

♪ Defendiendo el honor

♪ He pasado la vida

♪ Explorando otras tierras

♪ Para darle a mis hijos

♪ Un mañana mejor...

SMITS: The face of America has changed dramatically

since recording artists with Mexican names were compelled

to hide their identities 50 years ago.

Today, Mexican-American music has a vital place

on the American musical landscape.

And someday the children of these Tigres fans will create

their own musical fusions...

♪ De paisano a paisano

...as the vibrant dance between cultures

in America continues.

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