Surprising and Beautiful
I was looking for Honduran music to play during radio coverage of the recent coup d'etat and found this recording, which gives a feeling for the non-political, personal aspects of life in a "banana republic" in the 1950's. The songs and singers are varied, and only one of them is credited personally (Adolfina Mejia, who sings the gentle lullaby), making this a genuine folk album... music of the people, even though some of the recordings were probably "pop" in the context of the time they were recorded. "Corrido a Honduras" is an unabashedly romantic tribute to a beautiful country, a part of the earth that is unique. It is the kind of national anthem that every country needs (instead of the war song they usually have). Of course, Honduras is now trying to emerge from the banana republic dictatorship days; I think these songs serve as a reminder of an archetypal Honduras that cna serve as an inspiration. Most of the songs on the album are set to a latin beat that is very danceable.