Cozumel Mexico Vacation Guide

Cozumel Mexico's Mariachis

Cozumel Mexico and Celebrity Cruise Lines have a meeting of cultures.

 

Cozumel Mexico is home to Sol de Mi Tierra. This is a local family that has been playing traditional Mariachi music together since they were very young.

Although most people think of Jalisco or Guadalajara as the birth place of the Mariachi music, Cozumel has been home to many excellent bands years. The passion and excitement that Mariachis generate is universal and crosses cultural barriers and borders.

Most recently on January 5th Sol de Mi Tierra performed for guests of Celebrity Cruises "Constellation". Our first encounter with Celebrity was in April of 2010 and we've been working with them ever since. Only in 2013 we added folkloric dancers to the show and they've been asked to return for the next upcoming season.

The Beginning of the Mariachi We Know Today:

Although the origins of Mariachi music go back hundreds of years, in the form we know it the Mariachi began in the nineteenth century in the Mexican state of Jalisco - according to popular legend, in the town of Cocula. The Mariachi was the distinctive version of the Spanish theatrical orchestra of violins, harp and guitars which developed in and around Jalisco. In other areas such as Veracruz and the Huasteca region in the northeast, the ensemble evolved differently. By the end of the nineteenth century, in Cocula the vihuela, two violins, and the guitarr├│n (which had replaced the harp) were the instruments of the Mariachi.

The principal music played by these early Mariachi's was the SON, the popular music of the day. A mixture of folk traditions from Spain, Mexico, and Africa, the son was found in many regions of the country. The son from Jalisco is called the son jalisciense. La Negra is the best-known example.

Sones from other regions include the son jarocho or veracruzano, from the region around the Gulf port of Veracruz; and the son huasteco, from northeastern Mexico. The most famous example of the son jarocho is La Bamba . A typical son huasteco, also known as the huapango, is La Malague├▒ a. It is interesting to note that there are some sones, such as El Gusto, which are common in all three regions and clearly date back to a common ancestor.

The video below is a classic example of why people from all over the world love the wonderful magic of Mexico and with it's rich culture and music! Tierra Del Sol can also perform at your private party or special event while here on Cozumel.

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