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Indian drums… and piccolos and violins and french horns and…

16 October 2013

The Banda Filarmónica del CECAM (Centro de Capacitación Musical y Desarrollo de la Cultura Mixe) of Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca is playing at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City next Monday and Tuesday evening.

The Palacio is Mexico’s answer to Carnegie Hall, and like the joke says, the way to get there is “practice, practice, practice”.

Which the Banda Filarmónica has been doing for the last thirty years.  CECAM is a educational program for Mixe speakers, but opens its music school to any indigenous student in Oaxaca.  With a quarter of Oaxacans a monolingual speaker of any one of the State’s sixteen indigenous languages, the musicians often are unable to understand each other’s… words.  Not that they can’t communicate.

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