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History of Mariachi

-The origin of this genre began to take shape in the the nineteenth century in the state of Jalisco.

-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

-Mariachi Bands are often hired to play at weddings.

-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

-The name mariachi means that it is a variation of the French word marriage,meaning wedding or marriage, and comes from the time in the nineteenth century when Maximillian, a Frenchman, was Emperor of Mexico

-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