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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Mariachi Music And Bands
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Gloria Contreras
Eli Barrón
Nov 2, 1977

Mariachi Music and Bands

Eli Barron, member of Mariachi Estrella de Austin, discusses the history of mariachi and its place in Austin culture. Barron that mariachi music is a traditional folkloric music, in which the musicians move around. The name comes from the French word for marriage, and Barron says that most mariachis mostly play at weddings. Most mariachi groups have a violing, guiatarron (bass guitar), vihuela (small guitar), trumpets and a regular guitar.

Billy Mendoza founded Mariachi Estrealla in 1975 with musicians from the Austin Mexican American Community. All of the musicians, including Barron, had previous experience playing instruments and with mariachi music. The groups hopes to create an institution that will preserve Mariachi music in Austin for years to come. They play many private engagements, including weddings and serenatas (day break serenades) throughout Austin. They also hope to record an album in the near future. Barron also explains that young people are beginning to discover and enjoy mariachi music.


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