Just stumbled across this, I think it’s a wonderful idea! Dia de los Muertos Sonic Altar from alt.latino at NPR:
“2016 has been particularly hard on music fans of all stripes.
Of course, we saw the loss of marquee names like Prince and David Bowie this year. But just about each and every slice of the music world has lost a significant artist — and, in some cases, way too soon. There’s Juan Gabriel in Latin music, Merle Haggard in country, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire in R&B, Bobby Hutcherson in jazz.
So in our annual sonic altar commemorating Día de los Muertos, we honor some of those musicians and the gifts they’ve left us in their recorded legacies. And, as usual, we remember our own friends and family members in the form of dedications that some listeners were generous enough to share with us. (This year we also have an actual altar set up in Alt.Latino World Headquarters to accompany the sonic version.)
The Nahuatl people of present-day Mexico believed in a concept of duality: “I am alive. I am dead. In both cases, I am.” That’s the guiding principle of Día de los Muertos, and it’s also what inspires Alt.Latino to honor those that have made their transitions toward the light and eternity.”
Experience it for yourself here:
“Just in time for Día de Los Muertos, Mariachi Flor de Toloache has dropped a new video for the song “La Llorona,” from its 2014 self-titled debut album. In this version of a traditional folk song, the band references a legendary ghost from Latin American folklore: La Llorona, the weeping woman, who cries for the children she has drowned. The song, written in a poem-like form, tells of spotting La Llorona as she leaves a temple and admiring her beauty.
The song’s soulful yet ominous melody is visualized in the video, which was directed by Daniel Leeb and Andrei Averbuch. Donning charro suits with black rebozos over their heads, a few of the members of Mariachi Flor de Toloache sing wistfully in scenes set in the desert and in a church. Lighting candles for La Llorona as they walk down the church’s aisle, they pay tribute to this ghostly woman, embodying an altar through song. Meanwhile, in the desert, they are surrounded by agave plants right as the sun is about to rise. “I will always love you, Llorona,” they sing, “even if my life is hard for me.”
Check it out here:
More great songs here: