We just came across this killer live set on Soundcloud, and couldn’t help but share it. For those who don’t know, son jarocho is a fast-paced, high-energy Afro-Mexican music originally from Veracruz, a Mexican state on the Gulf. We explored the roots of jarocho in our program “La Bamba! The Afro-Mexican Story,” so be sure to check it out for the full historical take on this fantastic genre.
Traditionally, jarocho is enjoyed at a fandango, a communal party at which everyone sings, dances, and beats out the music’s rhythms together. Think of it as a bit like a hoedown in the American Appalachian tradition. But if you don’t have time to make it to a fandango right now, you can dive into this live set from Conjunto Tenocelomeh, a fantastic group from San Fernando, CA. They performed this set for Grupo Folklorico Xhanat, an organization devoted to preserving and showcasing Latin music and culture in the United States.
Check it out!