‘La Chona’ Never Fails To Get People Dancing, Even If It’s While Waiting At A Stoplight
I’m a sucker for ‘La Chona’ and apparently an entire street in Mexico City also stan ‘La Chona.’ A recent viral video shows dozens of people turning a traffic light into a temporary dance floor with a car’s stereo as the DJ.
The video is exactly what the city needs right now as many worry that the city’s heart – it’s historical center – will never bounce back after the Coronavirus pandemic. But enter ‘La Chona’ – even though she hit the airwaves in 1994, 26 years later she’s still teaching us all life lessons.
A traffic light in Mexico City become a makeshift dance floor as dozens danced to ‘La Chona’.
Leave it to ‘La Chona’ to bring out the dancing queen in each of us and show how even a simple stoplight can become a packed dance floor.
In Mexico City’s historic center, just in front of the famed Palacio de Bellas Artes, a red traffic light became one of the city’s happiest little pockets thanks to the rhythm of ‘La Chona’ by Los Tucanes de Tijuana. In the now viral video, several pedestrians were seen calmly crossing the street when they heard ‘La Chona’ playing from a vehicle that was waiting for the light to change. Instantly, the party was raging among the Chilangos who jumped to dance in front of the cars.
There’s really nothing quite like watching a group of people set to go about their day get distracted by a great song. Distracted enough to just start showing off their dance moves in the middle of the street. The video gets even better when the drivers cheerfully encourage the dancers with their car horns and some even get out to join in on the dancing. Many street performers and windshield cleaners joined in and enjoyed the momentary festival.
The video was all the more meaningful because for so long the city’s historical center and been devoid of it’s usual energy. The Coronavirus pandemic has shutdown large swathes of the district and left many without work. So to see people return to the streets for such a fun video was worth it.
So to many, the viral video of “La Chona” reminds us that joy, little by little, will return to the streets of Mexico City.
But first, a brief history of the now viral hit ‘La Chona’.
“La Chona” is a song from 1995 by Los Tucanes de Tijuana — a norteño band from Tijuana. The fast beat and up-tempo song tells the story of a woman named La Chona. As the song goes, La Chona is a “city girl” who spends her nights out at the clubs dancing and basically living her best life. Think of “Hotline Bling” without Drake.
We stan a strong, confident woman. La Chona is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it — no matter what other people think about her choices. She isn’t afraid to leave her toxic husband behind and enjoy herself. We have to appreciate that level of self-confidence.
The band has sold more than 15 million albums to date, and even have several gold, platinum, and multiplatinum records. They’ve sold out venues like the Dodger Stadium, the Astrodome, and Estadio Azteca. They’ve definitely always had a place blasting from your mami’s car radio.
A few years ago, the #LaChonaChallenge was going viral.
It wasn’t long ago that ‘La Chona’ was going viral for a whole other reason.
People had started competing in the viral Internet challenge, #LaChonaChallenge. All you had to do was hop out of a cruise controlled, moving car and try to keep up while you bust a move. The trickiest part was hopping in and out of the car and people were eating sh*t. Don’t try this at home.
Even Snoop Dogg caught the “La Chona” craze.
We have to give props to La Chona. She lived her life on her own terms, was immortalized in a song and is still being talked about 25 years later. She’s a true feminist icon and we can all benefit from living a little more like La Chona.
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