Me Gustan Los Estudiantes: The Music of "Yo Soy 132"

Mexican musicians and artists have helped lead the "Yo Soy 132" movement into the final week before the July 1 presidential election, and the protestors show no sign of stopping even if the frontrunner they're fighting against is elected.

Young Mexican voters began the "Yo Soy 132" movement in May to support the democratization of the country and its media. The campaign was a direct response to a college visit from presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, who has been linked to media corruption. His political party, PRI (Institutional Revolutionary Party), has a rich authoritarian history.

While Peña Nieto was state governor from 2005 to 2011, it was alleged that he gave millions of dollars to Televisa, one of the two corporations that monopolize the Mexican media. Yo Soy 132 supporters argue that Televisa and Azteka 1 have manipulated information during the election process.

The PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional) ruled in Mexico for 71 years until the 1980s. Many believe that the election of a PRI will be a return to a "perfect dictatorship."

Musicians in particular are banding together to protest Nieto's candidacy, media censorship and manipulation. Several young indie-rock and pop artists brought thousands to Mexico City's Zócalo (main plaza) for a concert, march and demonstration June 16. It was a vastly different performance than Justin Bieber delivered there just five days prior.

Natalia Lafourcade

It's hard to see her in this video, but Lafourcade is the tiny, hip chica onstage playing the ukelele.

Julieta Venegas

Venegas is a long-established Mexican singer-songwriter with five Latin Grammy awards and one Grammy. She is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Venegas Ustreamed her 17-minute long set to fans all over the world.


Pati Peñaloza did the vocals for this well-known rebellion song, "Me Gustan Los Estudiantes" ("I Like the Students"), which describes and celebrates Latin American student activists.

Vicente Gayo

Austin had their eye on this band back in 2009, but didn't keep up with them after that year's SXSW buzz. This indie-rock group combines electronica with a Mexican rock twist.

Other bands featured in the concert were Simple Fires, Jose Cruz and Tex Tex.

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