Last spring, dozens of musicians with roots in the indigenous cultures of southern Mexico met at a prestigious college in California for a “friendly musical battle” between indigenous philharmonic ensembles. The bands are part of a popular tradition in the Mexican state of Oaxaca that has flourished in the Los Angeles area over the past four decades thanks to philharmonic maestros from communities in the heart of the Zapotec region. Four of the pioneering bands recently performed at UC Riverside. Our correspondent Ruben Tapia was present and has this report.
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