Jarocho (hah-ROH-cho) describes both the people and culture of the southern coastal plain of Veracruz, home for more than two centuries to one of Mexico's most exciting musical traditions, the son jarocho. Songs such as "La Bamba," "Cascabel," and "Siquisirí" occupy a major spot in Mexico's musical folklore. José Gutiérrez, Felipe Ochoa, and Marcos Ochoa, raised on the tropical ranchos of Veracruz's interior, are three of the most accomplished ambassadors of the modern-day son jarocho tradition. They play complex, hard-driving rhythms on the Veracruz harp and on the guitars called jarana and requinto, and sing high-pitched vocal melodies brimming with wit and regional pride. They have toured Europe, the United States, Central America, and Mexico, while in Veracruz they continue to enliven weddings, baptisms, public events, and celebrations of all kinds. Extensive notes in English and Spanish.
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