Tribal guarachero

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

Tribal guarachero is sometimes referred to as "3ball".[5] Despite the similarity between the letter "b" and "v" in Spanish, it should not be confused with tribal house or tecnocumbia music.[6]


The style originated from the lower and middle-class neighborhoods of Mexico City in 2000 and 2001.[6][7] It then moved to Monterrey, Nuevo León, in 2007, before expanding to the United States in 2008. The genre's popularity peaked in Mexico and in parts of the United States with large Mexican and Mexican-American populations 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.[6] With a 4/4 time signature, the genre is often made up of cascading triplets[6] and a BPM of 140 to 280.[citation needed] The rhythm employs Afro-Cuban rhythms and Latin synths.[8]

During the 10s and 20s the style became popular in Colombia with emerging DJs and musicians like Victor Cardenas, Deyvi, DJ Travesura and others. Some reggaetoneros mixed the style and created very popular songs like Farruko's "Pepas".


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[9] 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. ^ "Perspectives on New Wave Cumbia |". Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d Reid, Tom (15 June 2010). "Scene and heard: Tribal guarachero". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Erick Rincon, 16, Spins Mexico's Newest Craze". Remezcla. Mosaico Media LLC. Archived from the original on 29 June 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ "Watch "Intentalo," 3Ball MTY's First Official Video". Alt.Latino. NPR. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  9. ^ 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.