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History of Mariachi
-It was the music of country people, music that celebrated the joys, the struggles, and the triumphs of the Mexican people.
-By the end of the 19th century the cocula or the vihuela, two violins, and the guitarron were the instruments of the Mariachi.
-In the 19th century, many Mariachi were roaming laborers moving from one hacienda to another, often more than the average laborer
Connection to Dance
-The traditional dance technique used is the zapateado, a distinctive type of footwork that originated in Spain
- There is also a dance called the jarbe is a medley of dance pieces including, sones, danzas, jotas, and polkas
- Also there is the famous Mexican Hat dance which is the national dance of Mexico.
Type of Music
-Mariachi music has been incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church's most sacred ritual: the Mass
-It is also often played at weddings in Mexico