The Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi, or ENMT) is celebrating its 18th anniversary from August 11-17, 2019.
The spirit of Mexico's rich culture runs hot in the veins of its Mariachi, the musical icons who serenade the nation's boulevards, public squares, and sidewalks with a brand and style of music that is both unique and legendary. Like the Charros (Mexican Cowboys), the Mariachi is a symbol of nationalism and culture, tracing its origins to the State of Jalisco.
So it's only logical that the Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (The National Encounter of Traditional Mariachi, or ENMT) will celebrate its 18th anniversary from August 11-17, 2019 with a program that will run for eight days in nine public venues in the Guadalajara region of the state.
The neighborhoods of Analco and Las Nueve Esquinas, in Guadalajara; El Malecón de Coexcomatitlán, in Tlajomulco; and El Barrio Pedro Moreno, in Tonalá, are just some of the places that will host this celebration that will feature 35 Mariachi groups, 35 activities, 18 Fandangos, and three galas at the historic Degollado Theater in Guadalajara.
The Traditional Mariachi ensemble is smaller than the modern group, consisting of as few as four musicians who play only string instruments. The vihuela, a small, high-pitched five string guitar with a rounded back, and the guitarron, a stout guitar-shaped bass, are two of the distinctive instruments essential to a Mariachi troupe.
Music and dance coexist in Traditional Mariachi. Small ensembles perform traditional repertoires in musical genres such as Jarabe, Minuete, Polka, Valona, Choti, Vals and Corrido, and are accompanied by dancers wearing heels that tap to the music on a wooden stage. Sometimes the musicians themselves act as the zapateadores.
Source: Banderas News