Sunday, May 27, 2007

Marcha Zacatecas

A few days ago an article in our newspaper made the discovery public of an Egyptian tomb found in Dayr al-Barsha near El-Minya ( center of Egypt) by an archeological team of the University of Leuven ( Belgium). Thrilling news for me, as it reminds me to our trips to Egypt and our visit to numerous archeological monuments, like the location of the so-called Golden Mummies, found in the Al-Bahriyyah oases in the Lybian dessert some years ago. I still feel that thrill entering the tombs coming face to face with the masked Golden Mummies. I guess, somewhere in my genetic code this archeological interest must been stored. Well, this looks likes a subject put a bit on the sidelines then the regular Keep swinging blogs, but it has to do with the next subject.

Since ca 1994 I'm researching the cardboard record label Durium, as it was published early 1930s in the US and later in Europe. One of the most known label is the Hit of the week. Durium, the firm who published these records, also made a lot of small cardboard records for advertisement or releases for special occasions. These records are very rare nowadays and I could list hunderds of that kind of small records in my Durium Advertisement and Custom Records Discography ( see part of it in the online version ). A lot of these small, beer mat-sized, card board records, were unknown up to then. Thanks to Bob, who pointed me to an eBay item, one of those long forgotten records has been brought to light, like an unbroken Egyptian tomb. It has only the label text Marcha Zacatecas and I could list it in my discography thanks to some additional information of the seller, who thought, erroneously, that it was a Mexican release. I hope to give aditional information about this little archeological treasure later.

I found out that the Marcha Zacatecas is a known and popular tune in Mexico ( it is even labeled as Nuestro Segundo Himno Nacional (= our second national anthem) and I found several fragments I can show you. This march refers, I guess, to one of the most important events in the Mexican Revolution of 1914 when the city of Zacatecas was liberated. This event is still a day of meetings and festivities in Mexico. I have found some informal performances of this Marcha Zacatecas, and one played by a more official band. As I haven't heard this little record I suppose the same tune is on the little record ( of course played ( and sung?) by a Durium studio band).

Marcha Zacatecas played by a Mexican family

Performed on the guitar

Joco musical

This contribution has also been published on my Keep swinging web log .

Keep swinging

Hans Koert


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