Many say mariachi is the soul of Mexico

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FRESNO, California (KGPE/KSEE) – A fiesta is never complete without a mariachi– a world-renowned Mexican music expression!

Declared in September 2012 as an “Intangible cultural heritage of the humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO.

A recognition that people like Miguel Orozco, producer, and director of Hispanic Musical Bilingual Theater plays in California says was due a long time ago.

“My first thing would be why did it wait so long–because mariachi has been around for centuries and mariachi is the soul of Mexico,” said Orozco.

He grew up in the United States, however, his family and roots go back to Mexico and so does his heart.

The bilingual musical play “Mariachi Girl” is one example of his latest projects. It details the struggles of an immigrant family when their youngest daughter wants to become a mariachi singer.

“I feel like being in Mariachi Girl can give so many messages, like women can do anything. Anything they want to, anything they put their minds to and really are dedicated to. They can do it,” said Estefani Lopez who plays ‘Cita’ in Mariachi Girl.

“And I feel its also an example for parents that they should not so much be into what’s traditional but as generations come, everything is changing,” said Lopez.

In the end, the love for the traditions and family values win the heart of her father a professional mariachi player and singer.

The city of Bakersfield has been blessed with many mariachi groups. Especially one who has roots in Mexico since the early 1990s.

It continues its traditions with three generations of family members.

The founder of Mariachi San Marcos, Don Jose Laris could not be prouder of the UNESCO declaration.

Jose Luis Laris, his youngest son, has taken to heart his commitment to teaching kids the beauty and importance of Mexican music from a very early age.

Parents take a primary role, but it also takes people like Laris and Orozco to ensure that the new generations of immigrants who are raised in this country understand, learn to love and respect Mexican mariachi music.

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