Bola Suriana has been together for over seventeen years, during which time they have developed an original style, taking as a foundation Mexican and Latin American folk music, placing special emphasis on the distinct styles of traditional music in their home state of Michoacán.
Their music has taken them on a journey of cultural forums through much of Mexico and internationally, representing Mexico during twenty tours in a variety of festivals and concerts in Europe, the United States of America, South America, and the Caribbean.
The Bola has recorded sixteen albums to date, a testimonial to their continuing work of sharing the rich musical heritage of their people.
The name of the group is taken from the army of General Emiliano Zapata, who, in the Mexican Revolution of 1910, rose up in arms against the dictator Porfirio Díaz. Zapata hoped to eradicate the precarious conditions under which farmers lived and to create a more just Mexico.
Bola Suriana recorded the album Tierra verde during their transcendental Fall 2002 tour of Denmark and Greenland, which culminated with this album. Greenlandic artist Rasmus Lyberth participated with the group on three tracks. Alfredo Moreleón of Latin Underground Studios in Koge, Denmark recorded the album, and it was produced by Dr. Doris Palvio.
As is characteristic with Bola Suriana, the album is a mixture of distinct genres: pre-Hispanic recreations, songs about nature and ecological issues, various pieces with traditional rhythms of Michoacán, Mexico, Andean influences, and more.
“Bola Suriana has given us testimony of serious and consequential musical work with the ever-important task of rescuing, preserving, and disseminating the great wealth and cultural values that belong to us and which identify us as Mexicans and Latin Americans. Esteemed friends, it is imperative that The Bola continue.”
José Ávila, Los Folkloristas, México, D.F.