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"Nothin' ever happened 'round my hometown
And I ain't the kind to just hang around
But I heard someone callin' my name one day
And I followed that voice down the lost highway"

- Steve Earle (1986)

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MARIACHI is a genre of music that originated in Jalisco, Mexico. It is an integration of stringed instruments highly influenced by the cultural impacts of the historical development of Western Mexico.

Throughout the history of mariachi, musicians have experimented with brass, wind, and percussion instruments. Mariachi music has become emblematic of Mexican music by appropriating various Mexican regional song forms.

Non-Mexican tourists frequently confuse mariachis with all types of buskers seen in Mexico.

- Wikipedia

Oh, damn...and I wanted to call this shot "El Mariachi" first. Thank you, Wikipedia!?

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MUSIC IN MEXICO is very important. Most restaurants have live music at least some time during the day. Also on bus rides (though not in first class) you sometimes have musicians hopping on and off to sing a handful of tunes and collect some money.

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THESE TWO MUSICIANS are roaming the streets of downtown Oaxaca, from restaurant to restaurant, trying their luck for a good place to play.


"I love U baby
But not like I love my guitar, no
Not like I love my guitar"

- Prince (2007)

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