Jul 6, 2023 - News

San Antonio mariachis welcome Victor Wembanyama with viral song

Mariachis Campanas de America at Rudy's Seafood. Photo: Courtesy of Gabe Redondo

Mariachis Campanas de America is the group responsible for this infectious earworm that has overtaken the Spurs fan base since Victor Wembanyama joined the team.

Context: The local mariachi group's "welcome home" tribute to the most-anticipated NBA rookie in a generation has become a hit throughout San Antonio for its vibrant melody and to-the-point lyrics — "Wembanyama, Wembanyama" and "Go Spurs Go."

  • There's also a music video, with Spurs-inspired mariachi trajes and dancing in front of Rudy's Seafood on the South Side that's full of San Antonio zest.

By the numbers: So far, the video has garnered more than 5,000 reactions and nearly 4,000 shares.

  • And that's just on Facebook.

What they did: Anthony Medrano, violinist and technical director for Mariachis Campanas de America, tells Axios the group often works with the Silver and Black and has performed a Spurs-themed variation of the classic mariachi song "Micaela."

  • When the Spurs selected Wemby with the first draft pick last month, Medrano says a few members of the group made a beeline to the recording studio to adjust the pre-recorded track to include the athlete.
  • But first, Medrano had to nail down the pronunciation of "Wembanyama," he jokes.

What they're saying: Medrano says the song is reflective of how the Spurs are ingrained in local culture.

  • He says fans have said the song should be played at every home game for the Spurs.
  • "'Wembanyama' fit so perfectly, it almost feels like it should've been there all the time. Like it's destiny for San Antonians," Medrano says.
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