"Toro Mata" is a song influenced by
Afro-Peruvian musical styles (this song is classified as a
landó), and over the years, has become a popular anthem for Peru. A dance of "Toro Mata" also developed, which mocks and parodies the stylized
waltzes of European
Conquistadores. This politically charged song and dance developed as a reaction to the conquest of Peru by
Spain. By the beginning of the 20th century, "Toro Mata" was fading from popularity, but it has again become popular due the revival of
musica criolla starting in the 1950s.
One of the most famous versions of "Toro Mata" was performed by Carlos Soto de la Colina (also known as
Caitro Soto) in 1973. "Toro Mata" has also been performed by Peruvian musicians
Peru Negro and
Lucila Campos. There are many different versions of "Toro Mata" within Peru, with slight differences in content, though all center on a deadly bull. The song has gained popularity outside of Peru, with
Celia Cruz recording a
salsa version of the song.