Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Chilena and Sones

La Chilena - A variety of music born on the coastlines in the southern states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. It has it's roots in the music brought by Peruvian and Chilean sailors and mariners. It then mixed with the styles and cultures of the different ethnic groups of the region - Mixtecos, Afromestizas, Amuzgos, Chatinos.

The music is a sone (folkloric music) with a vocalist, saxophone, trumpet, tuba, rythem section, and fast 6/8 tempo. They sing about everything from the geography to love to butterflies. There is much dancing and costumes.

Son Jarocho - A variety of music born out of the state of Veracruz (Jarocho is a reference to the culture of Veracruz). It is a mixture of poetry and zapateado (a form of dance with a lot of stomp). They use several jaranas (tiny guitar), harp, upright bass, cow jaw (for rythem). They often sing about "justicias" or social justice, but at times "birds" and love.

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