The NY Times has a video on the plight of Mexico City organ grinders. Apparently, “[they] say they are losing popularity. They face more competition and a younger population that does not appreciate their music.”
Based on the video below, I cannot imagine why young people aren’t appreciative. Seriously though, that is some of the worst “music” I’ve heard. I didn’t have high expectations when I clicked on the video, but it is much, much worse than imagined.
Mexico boasts an amazing pop and rap music scene so it is no wonder young people wouldn’t be too impressed with these guys. The real question is how it was possible that this sound was ever popular (especially when the guy doesn’t even have a monkey)? Thankfully the market has spoken–I just hope the government doesn’t step in to subsidize the lost art of organ grinding!