"La Bamba" does not directly translate to any English word, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. Instead, "La Bamba" is a cultural dance symbol at Mexican weddings and parties dating back to the 1830s and originating in Vera Cruz, Mexico.
The song takes Americans back to Ritchie Valens' 1959 rock hit "La Bamba." While the song is an altered version of the original, the song is often personalized in Mexican culture to fit different events. No one knows who is responsible for writing the original "La Bamba." The group "Los Lobos" did a remake of the song, and there was a film titled "La Bamba."