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Son del Corazon

Colectivo Yollotl will join us on October 25th at our Day of the Dead.

Son Jarocho is a genre of folk music and dance that originated in the coastal region of Veracruz, Mexico. It is characterized by its lively rhythms, intricate melodies, and a unique blend of Indigenous, African, and Spanish influences. Son Jarocho is an essential part of the cultural heritage of Veracruz and has gained popularity both in Mexico and internationally.

Key elements of Son Jarocho include:

  1. Instruments: The music is typically played using traditional instruments such as the jarana (a small, eight-string guitar), the requinto (a smaller guitar), the harp, and the marimbol (a wooden box with metal tines). The use of these instruments gives Son Jarocho its distinctive sound.
  2. Versatile Repertoire: Son Jarocho encompasses a wide range of songs and musical forms, including “sones” (traditional songs), “decimas” (10-line verses), and “letrillas” (poetic stanzas). These songs often have themes related to everyday life, love, nature, and social issues.
  3. Zapateado: The accompanying dance style, known as “zapateado,” involves intricate footwork and rhythmic patterns. Dancers produce percussive sounds while dancing on a wooden platform called “tapanco” .
  4. Improvisation: A key aspect of Son Jarocho is improvisation, where musicians and dancers respond to each other’s actions and adapt their performance on the spot. This improvisational element adds spontaneity and excitement to the music and dance.
  5. Community and Tradition: Son Jarocho is deeply rooted in community life and often performed at festivals, celebrations, and social gatherings. It is a cultural expression that has been passed down through generations, preserving the traditions and history of the region.


Published in Arts British Columbia Canada Community Diversity singer Vancouver