Concerts in the countryside for Ojalá Niños

By Elsmarie Norby

On Sunday, February 23, at 3pm, come to a beautiful setting in rural San Miguel Viejo, to enjoy the company of the local community and delight in the musical talents of two of San Miguel’s most accomplished musicians: Jaime Minino, guitar/vocals, and Camille García, accordian.

To benefit Ojalá Niños
Sun, Feb 23, 3pm
San Miguel Viejo community
Free bus from El Cardo, 2:15pm
(across from St. Paul’s Church)

This will be the second in a series of concerts, Conciertos en El Campo, to bring live music to the campo and to give visitors a chance to see the historic church, built in 1542 by indigenous ancestors of the present residents. The concert is free to the local community and a donation is asked from visitors for the support of a music program for the Ojalá Niños children. (

Our two musicians offer a rich and diverse landscape of musical cultures. Jaime was born in the Dominican Republic with Latin music as his intrinsic sound. He lived in the US as a teen where he experienced English-language songs and listened to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Back home, this brought about a mix of styles, sounds and rhythms, including music from Brazil. All these musical influences and his character have merged into a bossa nova-style sound with soft rhythms. In duet with Camille, the listener will feel the mix of voice and accordion, rendering a melodic, smooth sound.

Camille was born in Algeria, then a French colony with historical roots in Spain.

Though separated by the Mediterranean, the cultures created a peculiar philosophy and vision of life where light, colors and Judeo-Arab music were omnipresent. Camille had a career in education and diplomacy in many countries in Asia and Latin America. But always the musician, he explored an extraordinary gamut of musical styles, including inspiration from Argentinian tango and Spanish flamenco.

“When I play music I can feel a world of styles, most of them revealing my Latinity.”

This concert will truly be a special treat. Your donation will be matched and will benefit Ojala Niños, a nonprofit after-school program for over 100 children, offering daily classes in arts, music and literacy, free of charge.

Transportation: A free bus will be available, leaving from Cardo (across from St. Paul’s Church) at 2:15pm. By car: To the train station, cross the tracks, straight ahead onto the cobblestone road…follow the signs, “Conciertos en el Campo.”

By taxi: Ask if the driver knows where Rancho San Miguel Viejo is – pay no more than 60 pesos from centro. It’s also a nice walk from the Bodega Aurrera – about half an hour to the church. Dress: very casual with comfy, sturdy shoes.

Welcome to our village.

We hope you enjoy our hospitality!


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