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New Album from Srdjan Beronja: Sounds Of The East: Master Musicians, Hissing Cobras and a Dawn Chorus

New Album from Srdjan Beronja: Sounds Of The East: Master Musicians, Hissing Cobras and a Dawn Chorus

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New Scorsese Movie ‘Silence’ features music by master Japanese drummer, Joji Hirota

New Scorsese Movie ‘Silence’ features music by master Japanese drummer, Joji Hirota

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Hanitra’s inspiring new album ‘Lasa’ – from the heart of Madagascar

Hanitra’s inspiring new album ‘Lasa’ – from the heart of Madagascar

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Songs from the traditional treasure chest of Serbia and The Balkans

Songs from the traditional treasure chest of Serbia and The Balkans

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Focus on: Mariachi music from Mexico

"Mariachi" is traditional Mexican street music. It is the unique musical style in Mexico that bridges traditional "folk" music and commercial "popular" music to form Mexican music known all over the world.

The style has developed continuously during its history. Its folk roots stem from the original string mariachi ensembles developed in the 18th century in the highlands of the central Mexican state of Jalisco. Originally the music was performed only on violins and guitarrón (big bass guitar), and occasionally, harps. Today many more instruments are used in this music; trumpets were added to the ensembles at the end of the fifties and gave the new characteristic sound to mariachi music.

Mariachi were itinerant musicians whose attire was a mixture of Mexican riding costumes and typical Indian dress. They played at folk festivals and weddings and accompanied the jarabes (fast moving tap dances, showing strong Spanish-Cuban influences). Mariachi music is lively and joyful as well as romantic. It is perfect festival music. Today it is not only heard at serenades, private and official parties, weddings and birthdays, but also at political occasions.

The term "mariachi" derives either from the French word "mariage" for wedding or stems from a local Indian word for the stage on which musicians performed the jarabes.

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