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Son Jarocho: Traditional Mexican Folk Music Lives On In San Diego-Tijuana

A recent fandango in San Diego.

Above: A recent fandango in San Diego.

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Digital music produced with the most sophisticated sound imaginable is as close as your smart phone these days. So then why would anyone want to spend time learning to play an old Mexican-folk instrument and get together for little music parties?

Well, when the music is Son Jarocho—a traditional music style of Veracruz, Mexico—it's about more than playing a tune. It's about tradition and identity—and bonding across a cultural campfire.

This old music style is gaining new attention in San Diego and Tijuana. (Last May, KPBS reporter Adrian Florido had this story about the music's local resurgence.)

This Saturday, musicians on both sides of the border will hold a bi-national fandango, or live jam session. All are welcome to join in the fun at the fifth annual Border Fandango/Fandango Fronterizo, held in Friendship Park at the U.S.-Mexico border and in Playas Tijuana from 11 am to 3 pm.

KPBS Midday Edition speaks with four local Son Jarocho musicians (including Florido) about this folk music's history and why it has become popular among young Mexican-Americans living in our border region.


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