Mariachi - What's the real deal
The only thing more Mexican than tequila, is the mariachi and it’s a shame to have one without the other. Certain could argue it’s the taco but let’s not get off-point.
Mariachi goes beyond music, it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing (charros) which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual, and traditional that’s unique to this exciting country, and an experience not to omit from any travel program, event, or meeting.
Not originally a fan, I remain teachable and in my short time in Mexico I have learned that as long as you hire a proper one you won’t get sick of them after five minutes. Furthermore, they can often add a nice “jolt” to your event even after or beyond the traditional greeting at your reception.
Define proper? I’m glad you asked…
Three or more violins, two trumpets, a vihuelas (a guitar-like instrument with five strings), a guitar, and a guitarrón (a large, six-string bass version of the vihuela).
A harp, and an additional guitar and/or trumpet are sometimes added. All members may sing.
So, if your mariachi band shows up and they’re not comprised as above, don’t say you weren’t told, and have ear plugs at the ready.