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Mariachi Music, Attire, Band, History and Dances

The Christian influence upon Mexico changed the musical traditions. Cortes and the Christians brought stringed instruments, horns, and woodwinds. With this influence, the mestizo musicians began using the new instruments as well as making their own, leading to theatrical Spanish orchestra between the 16th and 18th centuries which consisted of 2 violins, a hard, and guitars.

Many people argue that the word mariachi derives from the French word for marriage. This theory states that the Mexican emperor Maximillian brought with him the French language. Because Mariachi bands often play at weddings, many feel this is an accurate word-history, however, linguists have found evidence of the word mariachi being in use well before the French invasions. It is more likely the word derives from the name of the type of wood used to make the dance platforms used when the bands perform.

Mariachi, as it is known today, goes back to the 18th century. Similar styles of groups formed in Huasteca and Veracruz, but it is thought that the Mariachi began in Jalisco. In Cocula (a town in Jalisco), the instruments were the vihuela, violins, and a guitar.

Mariachi music, or “sones,” are mixes of traditional Spanish, Mexican, and African music.

Style (Location)                                                            Son
Son Jalisciense(Jalisco)                                              La Negra
Son jarocho/veracruzano
(Gulf of Veracruz)         La Bamba
Son huasteco/huapango (Northeast Mexico)        La Malagueñ a

Note: El Gusto and some other sones are found throughout different regions, suggesting a common ancestor, much like with language.

Mariachi Musical Instruments

The Mariachi culture has created many unusual instruments with the Christian influences. Below are some examples of instruments they used alongside the familiar guitars, harps, and trumpets. All of the instruments together provide a wide variety of sounds with high and low tones and changes in rhythm.

  • Vihuela- very similar to a lute and guitar and used for rhythm.
  • Guitarró- a bass guitar of sorts.
  • Mexican folk harp- used for additional bass lines along with being utilized for the melody.

Mariachi Dances

Mariachi is meant to be danced to! You can hardly stand still while listening to this fantastic music. There are two main styles of mariachi dancing you are probably familiar with. Zapateado resembles the Irish Riverdance style, with driving heels of boots into the platform at high speeds to the rhythm of the music. This, unfortunately, will destroy the platforms due to the high impact and forceful pounding.

The style called huapango will remind you of a line dance mixed with Riverdance. Much like a line dance, partners line up in rows but like Riverdance, the only part of their bodies that move is below the waist. The dancers’ torsos are so still and balanced that items are often placed on their heads while they dance to show the muscle control and balance this takes.

The jarabe style of dance and music is a combination of different music and performance. From this style, we get the best-known dance related to mariachi- The Mexican Hat Dance! Based in Guadalajara, it is now considered the official dance of Mexico. Overall, the sones depict the farming cultural life of Mexico and therefore the dance moves and music tell those stories.

Mariachi Group Clothing


Since the 1930’s, the Mariachi outfits consisted of a short-cut jacket and wool boot-cut pants to allow the wearer to don riding boots. Often the outfit is black with white or gold trim but can be seen with red coats or pants as well as other various colors. This ensemble is called a traje de charro. Previous outfits were called calzones de manta and huaraches. These outfits were white cotton pants and shirts with leather sandals. This was meant to resemble and represent the clothing lowest class in Jaliso wore.

  • Traje: The custom tailored suit worn by Mariachi members.
  • Plata: This is the silver or gold plated adornments throughout the coat and the pants or skirt of the outfit.
  • Greca: Greca is another style of adornment. It entails fancy stitching.

The colors of traje de charro outfits today vary, but Mariachi Allegra ensures the authenticity of the outfits by having them custom made in Mexico.

Mariachi was not always as popular as it is today. Due to this style being the music of the country people, they were not considered professional until the 1930’s and the slight variances in styles stayed in their respective regions. Before the 1930’s a Mariachi was asked to play a presidential inauguration in Mexico City and after that, the Mariachi was considered significantly more professional.

The Mariachi Vargas became one of the most famous and trailblazing Mariachi thanks to Silvestre Vargas (the successor of his father) beginning in 1928. He began a type of standardization of Mariachi. He made sure all of the performers could read sheet music and composed many sones. Due to this standardization and increased professionalism, Mariachi Vargas began performing for radio and film with added instruments and a set of general guidelines to follow, Mariachi Vargas helped bring Mariachi to the spotlight.

Mariachi Today

Today and in the earlier days, Mariachi plays on various occasions. For instances of courtship, Mariachi will play serenatas (translation: Serenade) in situations where a young male seeks the affection of a young female but they are not allowed to see one another. In this circumstance, the male will hire Mariachi to send a message of love to his sweetheart. On days of celebrations multiple Mariachis will be placed throughout the streets, often below windows of citizens, the celebration involves, to play music.

In the Mexican tradition, Mariachi is heavily involved in the Roman Catholic Church Mass service. A Mariachi folk mass (Misa Panamericana) is sung in Spanish and uses traditional Mariachi instruments to interpret the service. This idea began in 1966 by the Canadian priest Father Juan Marco Leclerc and it took off and is now very common throughout the US and Mexico.

Other events with Mariachi music

Other events Mariachi plays at include: baptisms, weddings, quinceaneras, funerals, and patriotic holidays.

Call Mariachi Allegra de Tucson today to schedule a wonderful Mariachi for your celebratory needs! Summer is the perfect time to get this historic and beautiful sounding group to play for your parties and celebrations! No event is too big or too small for us to make it memorable!

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The Best Mariachi Songs To Kick Off Your Sandals To

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You might think mariachi songs are just about traditional Mexican music, but you’d be wrong. These roving musicians are an essential ingredient for everything from fiestas, weddings, funerals and beach days on Mexico’s beautiful beaches. The best part? Mariachis can play any song!

Mariachi music is a vital part of Mexican culture, with its origins dating back to the 18th century. The tradition lives on in Mexico today through festivals like Independence Day where celebrations are kicked off by mariachi bands and traditional dances are followed up by delicious food served around the country.

Best Songs for the Beach or Parties

When sitting on the beaches, you’ll probably see some roving troubadors (they’re not officially mariachis because they don’t wear charro suits or have a full orchestra). But these strumming and singing performers are still great for adding style and flair to your travel vacation.

So it’s handy to know what songs can be requested so that you don’t listen endlessly to the same song over and over!

What about planning a date night or night out? You’ll need to know what music is the most suitable for an upbeat, festive atmosphere or a more romantic one with slow music. Some people love a good dance party, while others crave the soft sounds of an acoustic guitar. Some prefer to get their heart racing with upbeat songs that will make them want to dance all night long, whereas other lovers enjoy slow-paced melodies perfect for swaying back and forth as life slows down.Mariachi songs from the Mariachi Band

I found a playlist of some songs from my Mexican husband’s side of the family that I hadn’t heard before. As we were coming up with this list, it occurred to me how amazing and diverse Mexican music is!

If you’re looking for some creative tunes at your next gathering, check out this famous upbeat music which is perfect for dancing or just sitting down listening. The list also includes some pretty famous songs too!

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The Absolute Best Mariachi Songs
  • No Vale la Pena
  • La Media Vuelta
  • Sabor a Mi
  • Te regalo una rosa –
  • Y Te Vas and El Amor – Mournful but beautiful songs.
  • Para Siempre
  • Urge – Vicente Fernandez
  • Mujeres Divinas – will make you cry
    10 El Son de la Negra – lively
  • El Mariachi Loco – great dancing music
  • Malagueña – emotional song
  • Si Nos Dejan
  • ¡Viva México! and 15 de septiembre – played for Mexico’s Independence Day on Sept 16th.
  • Mexico Lindo y Querido – you’ll wish you were born in Mexico after you listen to this.
  • Amor Eterno – Juan Gabriel wrote this when his mother passed away. It’s a beautiful song for an emotional time.
  • Una Madre Entre Flores – A cheerful tribute song for Mom’s birthday or Mother’s Day.
  • El Borracho – speedy and great for dancing
  • Las Mañanitas – for a birthday party
  • Cielito Lindo – very famous
  • Volver, Volver
  • La Llorona – usually played the most on Day of the Dead
  • Siempre te amaré – a wedding mariachi song
  • Las Golondrinas (The Swallows) –A mariachi song that is traditionally played at a funeral, and it symbolizes saying goodbye to someone as they ascend into heaven. It can also be used for New Year’s Eve (to say farewell to the old year) or when starting on new journeys in life.

What is the Best Mariachi Song for Dancing?

So which famous mariachi song is best for dancing? One song worth checking out is El Mariachi Loco by the Oscar Flores band! This lively tune will have you moving to the rhythm in no time at all and might even get your partner up and dancing too!

And if you’re in Mexico City, the best place to go is Garibaldi for authentic Mexican Mariachi. Check out the guided tours to get a real feel for this music below!

What should I pay a Mariachi Band?

If you’re wondering how much to pay a mariachi band, it depends where you are.

You can probably negotiate up to around 10 dollars for a couple of songs (U.S) if you’re just sitting on the beach. It might seem like it’s not worth it but when you’re looking for an awesome soundtrack of your day at the beach and want something more authentic than Ricky Martin it’ll fit the bill!

If you’re planning your next party and thinking of hiring a mariachi band there are some things you’ll need to consider. For one thing, it’s a bit different than just requesting the songs at restaurants or on beaches.

You definitely want that perfect birthday and anniversary present too- I get it! But when you hire a Mariachi Band during those special occasions like a milestone moment of life you want to make sure you choose the perfect opening song from a favorite artist.

It isn’t easy choosing which tunes will be best suited to set the mood; after all these musicians have many more options then usual with hundreds upon thousands of great songs out there available!

So here’s what you need to know to book a mariachi band the right way!Mariachi Songs: mariachi band member

How to Hire a Mariachi Band

The best mariachi band in the city should play your favorite songs and have a great time at your party. It’s usually a good idea to book them for around 2 hours, with about 12-15 songs per hour.

Make sure to provide enough space so that they can be comfortable playing their instruments while still having room on the dance floor!

A welcoming committee is also necessary – someone who identifies guests of honor and asks which song requests are preferred by everyone else there as well as making arrangements for drinks, food (and bathrooms!).

Once you have all of the details figured out, it’s time to get ready for your Mariachi band. Determine how many musicians will best suit your needs and figure out the budget so that everyone has a great experience.

Don’t forget-you want them there early enough! They need to know when they should arrive in order not be too tired by their performance or any other events before hand (the earlier the better).

For transportation, make sure to ask if they used their own vehicle or arrange transport through a reliable transportation service so this is one less thing that has to be organized.

Have a list handy of the best mariachi songs to request. Ask them if they want dinner and be sure to tip generously for any extra performances!

No matter what mariachi songs you decide are your favorite, you’ll have a lot to choose from. If I’ve missed any of your favorite mariachi music, let me know below!

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La bamba - La hija del mariachi (Daughter of mariachi)

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La bamba

Para bailar la bamba
para bailar la bamba se necesita
una poca de gracia
una poca de gracia y otra cosita.
Ay ¡arriba! y¡arriba!
Ay ¡arriba! y¡arriba! arriba iré
yo no soy marinero,
yo no soy marinero, por ti seré,
por ti seré, por ti seré.

La mujer que yo quiero,
la mujer que yo quiero es una morena,
¿Por qué baila la bamba,
por qué baila la bamba? ¡que es cosa buena!
Ay ¡arriba! y¡arriba!
Ay ¡arriba! y¡arriba! arriba iré
yo no soy marinero,
yo no soy marinero, soy capitán,
soy capitán, soy capitán.

Bamba, bamba, baila bamba,
bamba, bamba, baila bamba.


To dance the bamba,
To dance the bamba you need
A little grace,
A little grace, and something else,
On and on and on!
Ay, go and go! I will go ahead. 1
I'm not just a sailor,
I'm not just a sailor, I'll be all for you,
I will be all for you, I will be all for you.

The woman I love,
The woman I love is dark-skinned,
Why is she dancing bamba,
Why is she dancing bamba? Because it's so much fun!
And forward, and forward!
Ay, go and go! I will go ahead.
I'm not just a sailor,
I'm not just a sailor, I'm a captain,
I'm a captain, I'm a captain.

Bamba, bamba, dance bamba,
Bamba, bamba, dance bamba.


Translated by Ekaterina Lakatosh
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La hija del mariachi (CD 4)

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  • Guadalajara
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  • Siempre hace frio
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  • hay unos ojos
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