The term ‘mariachi’ refers to a type of musical training that originated in the state of Jalisco, as well to the musical style itself and its associated culture. A mariachi band often consists of two violins, two trumpets, a guitar player, a vihuela and a guitarró, though regional variations also exist, each with their own dance styles. To dance the huapango, couples form parallel lines. The dancers’ bodies remain rigid while their feet perform a series of subtle, rapid and complex steps. Dancers might sometimes place a glass of water on their heads to demonstrate their agility and control. The traditional mariachi costume is known as the charro.

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Mexico, Monterrey
Sketch, coloured pencil, sketchbook
Credit: Frédéric Back
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