September 16 is the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence Day, and since last year I had the opportunity to cover another of our festivities, Día de los Muertos, this time I decided to celebrate this date with an excellent piece of music perfectly fitting for the occasion.

Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!

Mariachi is one of the most, if not the most recognizable genre of folk music from Mexico, and I love to hear it combined with other genres from all over the world — or even better, with one of the most well-known themes from one of the best games ever, “Gerudo Valley” from Ocarina of Time. I’m sure a lot of us have seen the video of a wedding where a mariachi band plays that theme at the reception; well sometime later Mariachi Entertainment System would come up with a cover as well.

They combine all the usual instruments of mariachi, such as guitars, trumpets, violins, Mexican guitarrón (a kind of acoustic bass guitar), and sometimes include other instruments like accordion and harp. I have to say, Gerudo Valley’s theme by itself contains many of the instruments of mariachi, and even sounds a bit like a mariachi song, so it’s only natural that sooner or later this cover got made — and I’m really glad it was.

So this is my way of, once more, sharing a bit of our culture (which goes way beyond sombreros, cacti, and tacos), in a way that combines two of my favorite things: music and video games. Here’s to hoping we keep seeing many more covers in many more styles from all around the world, but as for today: ¡Viva México!