Mixteca Music on the Rocks

By Jade Arroyo

The recent spring equinox was celebrated in a big way at the Charco del Ingenio with family activities, welcoming ceremonies, and the traditional concert on the rocks.

This time, in sync with the 25th anniversary of the nature reserve, the team invited a very special orchestra of ethnomusicologists from the Mixtec culture, the Pasatono Orchestra. The group performed several of their classic songs along with some from Maroma, their most recent production, which has the theme of circus people called Maroma, who have neither tents nor animals.

This was festive music with a touch of nostalgia, expressing the interplay between sadness and joy. With indigenous, European, and African influenced ancient roots, the Mixteca region is a true cultural melting pot. The concert reached a high peak during the interpretation of “Maromero,” which the public sang along to as the sun descended between the stones of this incredible natural music forum, the canyon of el Charco.


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