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20 February 2012


The Mariachi Academy of New York

All told, there are some 120 children, most between the ages of seven and 17, enrolled at the decade-old music school in the Harlem neighborhood of northern Manhattan.

Ramon Ponce, the director of the school who also teaches guitar there, said he has a mission to spread the joy of mariachi in his adopted homeland.

“We wanted to bring the music of Mexico to the community here in New York,” he said, adding that he had decided to open the school after receiving accolades for his own touring mariachi troupe.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 February 2012 11:57 pm

    I’m pretty sure this is the same mariachi infantil I heard when I went to a holiday event at the Museo del Barrio a few years ago. The kids were pretty great. It made me wish I had that sort of opportunity as a kid. At least I had ballet folkórico. That went a long way in strengthening my Chicana identity and knowledge about the regions of Mexico.

  2. JC Brown permalink
    22 February 2012 11:35 am

    I can just see a bunch of kids en sus cascabeles y sombrerotes. Heck, if the Czechs can do it, why not Harlem.

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