Mariachis in Garibaldi Plaza - 07.05.2007

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Mariachi music has become an international symbol of Mexican culture. This music, first developed in the state of Jalisco in the 1800s, is an integral part of many Mexican parties, weddings and other special events.

The classic Mariachi group consists of violins, trumpets, guitars, a vihuela (a high-pitched five string guitar) and a guitarrn (a small-scaled acoustic bass). Most of these instruments were brought from Europe by the Spanish conquistadors, replacing rattles, drums, conch-shell horns, and reed or clay flutes which were used by Mexicos indigenous people. As a result, although Mariachi music originated in Mexico, there is some debate about whether it is the most traditional Mexican music.
For more information about Mariachis, see Wikipedias entry.

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