The Music Of ‘Roma’: Get Familiar With the Oscar-Nominated Film’s Soundtrack


The songs in Alfonso Cuaron’s movie, nominated for ten Academy Awards, take us to 1970s Mexico.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s movie Roma is nominated for ten Academy Awards, together with greatest image, greatest director, greatest foreign-language movie, unique screenplay and greatest lead actress (newcomer Yalitza Aparicio) in addition to sound modifying and sound mixing.

The film — Cuarón’s reconstruction of the early-1970s Mexico City of his youth — additionally nabbed greatest foreign-language movie on the Jan. 6 Golden Globe Awards, and he received greatest director. If Roma wins greatest image on the Oscars, will probably be the primary time foreign-language movie (Roma is in Spanish with some dialogue within the native Mexican Mixtec language) takes residence the highest Academy honor.

Music performs an distinctive function within the Netflix-produced and streamed film, as music supervisor Lynn Fainchtein just lately instructed Billboard. “All of the music is embedded within the story,” she mentioned. "It’s a part of every scene."

“There is nothing by chance,” she added. “Nothing that doesn’t have that means. In Mexico, our recollections are at all times linked to songs.”

In addition to counting on her and Cuarón’s recollections, Fainchtein did intensive analysis on what songs acquired radio airplay in 1970 and 1971. Music in Roma most frequently comes from the ever-present radio, an all-access medium of symbolic significance in a movie that highlights class inequality.

“Music reveals loads a couple of society,” Cuarón additionally instructed Billboard. “In Roma, the music reveals a Mexico with pretensions of modernity, however nonetheless clinging to its previous.”

Below, we break down ten songs from Roma’s soundtrack with Fainchtein's assist.

Leo Dan, “Te He Prometido” 

“Leo Dan is a well-known pop singer from these days,” says Fainchtein, who describes the Argentine artist as a Latin Tom Jones of the period.

Javier Batiz, “La Casa del Sol Nasciente” 

Mexican rock-and-roll pioneer Javier Batiz performs this ripping Spanish model of “House of the Rising Sun.”

Rocío Dúrcal, “Más Bonita Que Ninguna”  

“This is enjoying when Cleo [the domestic worker played by best actress nominee Yalitza Aparicio] is within the kitchen,” says Fainchtein.”The kitchen in Mexico is at all times good place as a result of the nanny is there, the 'Cleos' that all of us had. There was good meals, it was at all times heat, it was at all times the place the radio performed on a regular basis, and any person who was with the youngsters all day was there.”

Juan Gabriel, “No Tengo Dinero” 

The Roma soundtrack consists of this early romantic hit from Mexican pop idol Juan Gabriel.

Yvonne Elliman, “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”

“[The album] Jesus Christ Superstar got here out in 1970, and it was actually vital, enormous in the entire world,” says Fainchtein. “My feeling is that then it was a sure class that may be listening to it [in Mexico], however then it turned larger. Afterwards, there was the play, and it was a film. There was a Mexican model, so Jesus Christ Superstar actually had an enormous success in Mexico. We had the Yvonne Elliman music “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” [which plays in a party scene in the film] and sooner or later for the scene, Alfonso requested for the quilt, after the music was already chosen for that scene. You see the Mexican cowl of the album, not the U.S. one [in the film]. It had an enormous success in Mexico.”

La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata, “Ciudad Perdida” 

This music by Mexican rock band from the Seventies, La Revolución de Emiliano Zapata, units the scene for rising social tensions within the movie.

Perez Prado, “Corazón de Melon” 

Perez Prado units a celebration scene with the Cuban teasing dance tune “Corazón de Melón.” The mambo king joined Rosemary Clooney for an English model of the music in 1959, titled “Watermelon Heart.”

Acapulco Tropical, “Mar y Espuma”  

“The music is known as tropical, but it surely’s not salsa,” explains Fainchtein. “It doesn’t have something to do with that. It’s the fashion of music performed within the ’70s [in Mexico]. The style is known as tropical, it was between tropical and bolero. Bands like Pasteles Verdes, Los Babys, and Acapulco Tropical.”

The Ray Conniff Singers, “Those Were the Days” 

Crooner Ray Conniff — who recorded a Spanish-language album in 1968 — performs this 1969 model of “Those Were the Days.” Previously, Mary Hopkins’ 1968 recording of the music was a No. 2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

El Bert Moguel Y Los Strwck, “La Suegra” 

The Mexican band generally known as Los Strwck made a string of mother-in-law jokes right into a bawdy cumbia music for the title music the group’s 1970 album.