Definition of musica norteña in English:

musica norteña

(also musica nortena, música norteña, musica norteno)

Pronunciation /ˌmjuːzɪkə nɔːˈtɛnjə/


  • A style of folk music associated with Texas and northern Mexico, characterized by the use of the accordion and guitar, and often employing the traditional polka tunes and rhythms found in the music of German and eastern European immigrants resident there.


1970s. From American Spanish música norteña from música + norteña, feminine of norteño northern.