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Las Golondrinas Viajeras

Not to end up being confused using the all-female mariachi group in El Paso, TX, Belize music group Las Golondrinas Viajeras were executing traditional Mexican music when documented on the field recording created by Enrique Ram memoryírez de Arellano and Eduardo Llerenas in the mid-’80s. In those days, the group users were lead vocalist Emilia “Performña Mina” Alvarez de Fuentes; vocalists Santos Alvarez, Magdalena López, Benito Suazo, and Mario Marínez, who also takes on a turtle shell; Julián Martínez on turtle shells; Cristobal Martínez on bass drum; Ezequiel Castillo on treble drum; and Román Witey, who takes on a rattle referred to as a sisira. Their overall performance of the music “Busigan” (“Pity”) appears on the few globe music compilations, including Voices of Overlooked Worlds.

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