Sun, January 28, 2018, 6:00 pm
While the group plays traditional music of Southern Veracruz, a regional style that like many others was historically dominated by men, feminine voices are one of its distinguishing characteristics.
Jarocho music grew out of the symbiosis of African, Spanish and Indigenous cultures living in Mexico’s Sotovento, a region comprised of parts of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Tabasco states. Musicians alternate singing verses that are usually joyful descriptions of nature, beauty and human relationships. This dynamic way of singing – improvised on occasion – is one of the most appreciated musical legacies Mexico offers the world.
Adriana Cao Romero Alcalá and Raquel Palacios Vega formed the group in 2008 with the idea of highlighting the presence of women in the world of son jarocho – not only for their role as dancers, but also as instrumentalists, singers and even composers of original verse. Cao Romero, who has performed professionally for 40 years, notes that historically women were relegated to secondary roles in male-dominated groups.
“The group has a softer sound,” Cao Romero notes, adding that each musician’s unique voice and unique instrument can be heard in Caña Dulce y Caña Brava.
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