Tribal guarachero

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Tribal guarachero, also known as trival, is a music genre that fuses electronic dance music with certain rhythms from regional Mexican music genres.[1][2][3][4]

Tribal guarachero is sometimes referred to as "3ball". Despite the similarity between the letter "b" and "v" in Spanish, it should not be confused with tribal house or tecnocumbia music.[5]


The style originated from the lower and middle-class neighborhoods of Mexico City in 2000 and 2001.[5][6] It then moved to Monterrey, Nuevo León in 2007, before moving to the United States in 2008. It was most popular in the metropolitan areas and southern states with highly Mexican-American populated areas in the early 2010s. One of the precursors and most popular of tribal guarachero producers is 3Ball MTY from Monterrey.


Tribal guarachero music is a fusion of genres such as regional Mexican music, including technobanda, and EDM genres such as techno, electro house and club music.[5] With a 4/4 time signature, the genre is often made up of cascading triplets[5] and a BPM of 140 to 280.[citation needed] The rhythm employs Afro-Cuban rhythms and Latin synths.[7]


As a dance and EDM music style, tribal guarachero music can be used in solo dances with a unique dance movement, or in dance troupes to compete in danceoffs.[citation needed] Mexican pointy boots are often associated with tribal guarachero music[8] and are worn in these danceoffs.

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  1. ^ Clayton, Chace (13 October 2010). "Tribal Guarachero: Mexican Teens & Aztec History". The Fader. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  2. ^ Reynaldo, Shawn (19 August 2010). "What Is It: Tribal Guarachero". XLR8R. Retrieved 14 September 2020.
  3. ^ Clayton, Jace (16 August 2016). Uproot: Travels in 21st-Century Music and Digital Culture. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-374-70884-9.
  4. ^ Vidal, Mariana Mevans (2019), "Mexico: Modern and Contemporary Performance Practice", in Sturman, Janet (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, SAGE Publishing, doi:10.4135/9781483317731.n472, ISBN 978-1-4833-1775-5
  5. ^ a b c d Reid, Tom (15 June 2010). "Scene and heard: Tribal guarachero". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Erick Rincon, 16, Spins Mexico's Newest Craze". Remezcla. Mosaico Media LLC. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "Watch "Intentalo," 3Ball MTY's First Official Video". Alt.Latino. NPR. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2011.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ Strübel, Jessica (30 October 2014). "Mexican Pointy Boots". In Lynch, Annette; Strauss, Mitchell D. (eds.). Ethnic Dress in the United States: A Cultural Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-7591-2150-8.