Locally Toned in Mexico: Mango Rico Truck Ringtone, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo

Another prevalent sound in Puerto Morelos (and many other parts of Mexico) is that of independent vendors using car-rigged PA Systems, bells, clanks, shouts, calls and whistles to announce the selling of their goods out of trucks, carts and off of bicycles. A kind of “free market” home delivery system that doesn’t require a household or individual to sign up with a company in advance, customers call out to or wave down neighborhood vendors as needed. This old-time peddling method provides an incredibly helpful and convenient service to busy families, elderly and less able-bodied folk.

Here’s a Mango Rico Truck Ringtone that I recorded one morning on Avenida Javier Rojo Gomez. In it, you’ll hear the sound of the vendor’s voice talking up his delicious fruit (“Mango Rico, Pina Rica”)  over his P.A. system, some birds chirping (and the faint sound of plates clinking within the courtyard at Casa Caribe).

My friend Tey Stiteler, who lives in Valladolid, Yucatán, Mexico describes her neighborhood’s home delivery audio-acoustic environment this way:

“..there are a million of them–from the whistle and claps of the bread man to the perky ‘Zeta. Zeta. Zeta Gas!’ recording of the gas man, to the screw driver clanking on the metal handlebar of the ice cream man, to the doleful whistle of the camote-with-sweetened-condensed-milk man.”

I had to run to my balcony or the street every time I heard the Mango Rico Truck driver approach (to catch a passing photo of the vehicle and/or attempt to record the audio). I am sorry I was not able to meet the man, to take a portrait of him or tell him that I appreciated his vocal stylings and was including him in the project!

This ringtone recording session was made possible by a generous grant from The Fine Foundation.

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2 responses to “Locally Toned in Mexico: Mango Rico Truck Ringtone, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo

  1. Fernando Mendoza

    Just this morning I picked up my cámara and rushed out to video one of the fruit trucks!. I missed it. I heard of someone recording P.M. sounds some 5 years, ago staying at Casa Lalita. Years ago as I was about to leave a message on a friend´s answering machine in the US, when I heard “Naranjas, naranjas” and recorded that as a message. She knew who was calling -Renie Howard.

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