Definition of norteño in English:
2 (also norteña /nɔːˈtɛnjə/) [mass noun] A style of folk music, associated particularly with northern Mexico and Texas, typically featuring an accordion and using polkas and other rhythms found in the music of central European immigrants.
- Somewhat akin to Tex-Mex tejano and banda styles, ranchera norteña sways with sweeping vocals, accordions, and the full gamut of synthesized sounds.
- Using elements from norteño and banda music (styles specific to northern Mexico), the Nortec Collective created an abstract, electro-Latin hybrid that not only gave them a distinct sound but also catapulted them onto the global scene.
- Mexican music - norteño, ranchero - is poised to cross over, as black music did in the 1950s.
Spanish, literally 'northerner'.