Grito Mexicano

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Grito Mexicano (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈɡɾito mehiˈkano], Mexican scream), or simply grito, is a part of Mexican culture. It is similar to the yahoo or yeehaw of the American cowboy during a hoedown, except with added trills and an onomatopoeia closer to "aaah" or "aaaayyyyeeee". In Mexico it's usually performed by a singer after singing a patriotic song, or a very excited member of a crowd, it is done immediately prior to the popular Mexican war cry: "¡Viva Mexico, cabrones![1]" (Long live Mexico, bastards!). Or for a toast, in its family friendly version, "Viva Mexico, señores" (Long live Mexico, gentlemen). The first sound is typically held as long as possible, leaving enough breath for a trailing set of trills. The grito is sometimes used as part of the officially celebratory remembrance of Mexican Independence Day,[2] as in the Grito de Dolores. In some non-formal settings, the grito is belted at parties and friends or family celebrations. The normal position for the yell to be inserted (either by the singers themselves or the listening audience) is at a musical interlude or bridge or after the first few notes of a familiar song.


  1. ^ cabrones translation
  2. ^ "El Grito: Mexico's Cry for Independence". Mexconnect. Gaceta Consular. September 1996. Retrieved March 21, 2014.