About the band
Radio Jarocho plays son jarocho music fashioned after the towns, musicians, and swampy countryside that created it in Veracruz, Mexico. They also write their own songs inspired by this popular genre and tailor them with assorted influences, creating a contemporary repertoire that captures the spirit of the traditional style. The band championed son jarocho by performing over the past decade in dozens of concerts and fandangos in several cities, including New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.
We have performed in:
- Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
- La Casita at Lincoln Center, New York, NY
- Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
- Encuentro de Jaraneros in Chicago, IL
- Celebrate Mexico Now! in New York, NY
- Chase Latino Cultural Festival, New York, NY
- Brooklyn Folk Festival, Brooklyn, NY
- The Great New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
- Fandango! Somerville, MA
- Instituto Cultural Mexicano, Washington D.C.
- Organization of American States, Washington D.C.
- NatGeo All Roads Film Festival, Washington D.C.
- National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian), New York, NY
- El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY
- 92Y Tribeca, New York, NY
Radio Jarocho Is:
Julia: dancer, vocals
Juan Carlos: requinto, vocals
Emmanuel: jarana, vocals
About Son Jarocho & Fandango
Son jarocho is the traditional dance and music from southern Veracruz, Mexico. The genre has its roots in Spanish music and a mixture of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican sounds.
The fandango is a community celebration accompanied with son jarocho. The tarima (a wooden dance platform) is the center of a party that involves musicians, poets, and dancers. Traditional songs played at fandangos include la bamba, el cascabel, la morena, el zapateado, el aguanieve, el siquisiri.
Images by Carin Zissis and Eliseo Cardona.