Fieldwork Diary #2: Marimba Linda Xelajú at Catholic University


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The end of March was approaching, and Marimba Linda Xelajú performed in Washington D.C. as part of the lineup for “Rhythms of Latin America” at Catholic University of AmericaThe walls were decorated with Latin American flags and the hosts offered pupusas and agua de jamaica to the guests that awaited the various groups that represented North, Central, and South America. 

The concert began with a performance by Marimba Linda Xelajú, with cumbias and some folkloric songs. In between performances by the guests, the dance group choreographed by Junior Girón danced to salsa, merengue, and bachata.

Mariachi Águila performed songs including “Las Mañanitas” for the birthday girls in the audience. If you listen closely, you can hear something a little bit unexpected – an accordion. When I asked the mariachis why they included the instrument, they told me that many audiences ask them to perform corridos.

Lastly, Grupo Etnia performed various songs including “El Condor Pasa”, “El Torito Pinto”, and even “Despacito”. This audio is a small section of their performance of “El Torito Pinto”, which they described as a Salvadoran song.

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