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Mexican 'corridos' tell the story of the 43 missing students

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Demonstrators from Guerrero State demand answers concerning 43 missing students during a march November 20, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. The students from the Atyotzinapa teaching college near Chilpancingo in Guerrero have been missing since September 26. November 20 marks Mexico's National Day celebrating the Mexican Revolution. Brett Gundlock/Getty Images

The corrido is a folk ballad which serves as a chronicle of life in Mexico. 

Recently, artists in Mexico and the U.S. have been composing corridos about the 43 students who went missing from the city of Iguala in September.

Julie Schwietert Collazo, a freelance writer specializing in Latin America, wrote about this new batch of folk ballads for the Latin music and culture site Remezcla. 

The songs, according to Schweitert Collazo, traditionally recount true stories and serve an oral history function as well, passing a story along throughout the community.

In the case of the missing students, the songs work so well "because the situation is really confusing, there's so many chapters within the story, and so many different protagonists and antagonists," Schweitert Collazo says.

"The corrido is a form that is so compact and so direct that it helps inform people in a really succinct way about what happened."

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