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Featured Song: “Perfidia” and the Transcendent Beauty of the Bolero

Wednesday, March 4, 2020


“Perfidia” has stood as one of the most cherished and enduring songs in the Latin American songbook. Composed more than 80 years ago by Mexico’s Alberto Dominguez, it is enshrined as one of those timeless standards that continues to inspire artists and resonate with music lovers, young and old.

Recently, I heard the song’s memorable melody which watching a new movie on Netflix, the Spanish film Vivir Dos Veces (2019), by Barcelona-born director Maria Ripoll. The movie is about an aging math professor named Emilio, a lonely widower who finds himself sinking into the terrifying early stages of dementia. It explores how he and his small family, a take-charge daughter and precocious granddaughter, handle the crisis.

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The Peerless Discography: A Labor of Love

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Part of the frustration of building a musical archive like the Frontera Collection is the lack of reliable and readily available information for every recording.

Artist Biography: Los Donneños, Norteño Pioneers

Friday, April 5, 2019

Los Donneños, a duet formed in the late 1940s in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, were pioneers in the evolution of norteño music during the 1950s. They went on to become one of the first Tex-Mex acts to find major success on both sides of the border.

Lucho Gatica, Rey del Bolero, Part 2

Friday, January 4, 2019

             Mid-century Mexico was the hub of the Latin American entertainment industry, a leader in music and film production for the continent.

Artist Biography: Lucho Gatica, Rey del Bolero, Part 1

Monday, December 17, 2018

During most of the 20th century, the world of Latin pop music was dominated by a handful of countries – Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, and of course, Spain. But in the 1950s, an exception to that rule became a sensation. His name was Lucho Gatica, and he came from Chile.

The Unsung Folk Music of Venezuela

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Frontera Collection is not a static library archive collecting digital dust. It is designed to be a dynamic, interactive cultural resource, open to contributions from researchers and music fans, as well as from friends and relatives of the thousands of artists represented in this incomparable record collection.