Are you ready to learn a little bit more about Mariachi? Ok let’s start…
For those who do not know anything about Mexican culture, let’s start by saying that Mariachi is a style of music traditionally played by men dressed in charro suits.
The charro suits were the daily attire worn by Mexican horsemen (similar to cowboys) who worked on haciendas or ranches (ranchos in spanish) in Jalisco decades ago.
Jalisco is a magical state located in Western Mexico. It is known as the land of mariachis and tequila (Try tequila coffee), as both originated in this state.
Jalisco is also known for its beautiful women and handsome men who are particularly handsome because their appearance is result of a combination of Mexican indigenous people, European and American descendants that occupied this land after the arrival of the Spanish conquerors.
Now, that you know who is a mariachi, let’s talk about mariachi music.
Mariachi music is a popular music played and sang by a mariachi band. This style of music was born in the multiple haciendas or ranchos located in Jalisco.
Mariachi music is played nowadays for special occasions and at fancy events because hiring a mariachi band has become expensive.
This is because a mariachi band is comprised of at least by 10 people each one playing a different musical instrument including guitars, guitarrones, violins, trumpet, vihuelas, and sometimes a harp.
Mariachis today are hired to play music for weddings, baptisms, funerals (to say goodbye to loved ones at the cemetery), Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, birthday celebrations, and most importantly to conquer the heart of a lady.
Despite the fact that he passed away more than 50 years ago, Jorge Negrete continues representing the image of the Mexican Mariachi because of his prodigious voice and handsome mestizo appearance (A mixture of European and indigenous people).
She is very popular for singing mariachi music not only in Mexico but Lucero has also brought mariachi music in America, South America and Europe where she has conquered hearts during her performances because of her voice, mariachi music, and meztizo beauty.
Among the most popular songs that are played and sang by mariachis when they are hired for special events or when they perform in a concert in Mexico or abroad are:
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