Mariachi

The Music of Mexico

What are the main instruments, vocals or arrangements?

The main instruments used in mariachi music are guitars, violins, harps, trumpets, ukuleles, and vihuelas (a special Mexican instrument.)

Where is it played, listened and or danced to most commonly?

In Spanish speaking locations, mariachi is very often played at local restaurants, on the streets, and in special events such as baptisms or weddings.

Where and how did mariachi originate?

Mariachi began in the nineteenth century in the Mexican state of Jalisco and to be specific, in the town of Cocula. The Mariachi was the distinctive version of the Spanish theatrical orchestra of violins, harp and guitars all mixed together.
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