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A People’s History of the Mexican Revolution, La Revolución Mexicana

This video, a production of Somos Raza youth magazine from 20 November 2012, was produced to ostensibly mark the occasion of the centenary of the start of the Mexican Revolution. Camera and audiovisual production by Laura Moreno, Harry Simón Salazar, and Leyla Torres. Post-production and editing by Harry Simón Salazar. Original music by Laura Moreno. Continue Reading →

2013 Festival De Las Aves: Yucatán, Mexico

Festival de las AvesHi all. So, it’s pretty well-known to those aficionados of The Mapmaker’s Opera, that one of the central characters of the story is the entire bird population of the Yucatán Peninsula, as so beautifully woven into the narrative in the originating novel by Béa Gonzalez – and specific to the drama – a pair of passenger pigeons (now extinct – which is the real point!)

So, I think it is simply wonderful to have a festival that is dedicated to the birds of a region – anywhere, let alone in the Yucatán peninsula, around Mérida in Mexico. Here is a link to the Facebook page of the Festival de las Aves to be held between November 22-24 this year. Most of the posts are in Spanish, but some are in English too. Check out some of the photography!

The Yucatan Bird Festival “TOH” takes place in a state which has traditionally served as the region’s cultural center. It’s a perfect place to combine birds with visits to Maya archeological zones and rural indigenous communities. Continue Reading →

La Inolvidable y Añorada Trova Yucateca

Trova Yucateca CDI have been fortunate to obtain this CD; the information for which was provided to me by Brígido Galván in recent email correspondence.

In short, I love this CD! It has provided all sorts of new inspiration for some of the songs yet to be written for certain characters in the Musical of The Stranger from Seville. The CD itself is 2002 release from BMG Entertainment México S.A. (IMSN: 74321 97621-2) and provides a wealth of music, mostly recorded between 1958-78.

‘Trova Yucateca’ is a musical milieu, as opposed to a musical genre. The style shares much in common with Neapolitan Song and other forms of Italian ‘canzona’. It uses quite distinct devices of vocal harmonies, cross-rhythms and cadential endings similar to the llamada in Flamenco song. Beyond this similarity, however, there seems to be little relationship to Flamenco – at least from the songs included in this two CD set. Continue Reading →