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Son Jarocho and the Malinto choir

The 'Son Jarocho' musical style of Veracruz state in Mexico. Lucy Duran explores the harps, Mexican jarana guitars and fancy footwork that are part of the revival of this once neglected music.

One of the world's most famous songs comes from the 'Son Jarocho' musical style of Veracruz state in Mexico. Lucy Duran visited Mexico to explore the harps, Mexican jarana guitars and fancy footwork that are part of the revival of this once neglected music.

She also discovered more about the unique but almost extinct polyphony of the Malinto Choir in a remote part of Guanajuato state.

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  • Veracruz, Mexico

    Harps, Jarana guitars and the Zapateo.

    Duration: 04:50

  • Music Played

    • Gilberto Gutierrez

      Zapateo (tap dance) to La Bamba

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Déodat de Séverac

      Backstage jam session at village fiesta in San Andres Tuxla, Mexico

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Son de Madera

    Performing 'Son Jarocho'

    Duration: 07:37

  • Music Played

    • Son de Madera

      Aguanieve con Zapateado (traditional)

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Demonstrating the instruments and the dance

    Jarana guitars, Zapateo tap-dance.

    Duration: 13:13

  • Music Played

    • Son de Madera

      Demonstrations of instruments and solos

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Son de Madera

      El Pajaro Cu

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Son de Madera

      La Morena

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Son Music and Son Jarocho

    Including an interview with Dr Edouardo Irenas.

    Duration: 04:50

  • Music Played

    • Déodat de Séverac

      Field recording of fandango (party)

      • BBC recording on location.
  • La Negra Graciana

    Legendary Verucruz harpist.

    Duration: 08:05

  • Music Played

    • La Negra Graciana

      El siquirisi

      • BBC recording on location.
    • La Negra Graciana

      La Bamba

      • BBC recording on location.
  • A village fiesta at Victoria, Ganajuato

    The sung poetry of the Decima

    Duration: 07:24

  • Music Played

    • Guillermo Velázquez

      Historias del Norte

      • BBC recording on location.
  • The Malinto choir

    Known for its almost extinct polyphonic music.

    Duration: 10:20

  • Music Played

    • The Malinto Choir

      Unknown

      • BBC recording on location.
    • The Malinto Choir

      Que brillante viene la Luna

      • BBC recording on location.

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