With Guitars Like Machetes: Son Jarocho

Jan 24, 2014

Alt.Latino explores the Mexican music style known as Son Jarocho, heavily influenced by the African slave trade to the port city of Veracruz. Musician Fredi Vega describes his grandfather's guitar style, "His guitar strums, they sound like his machete whacks."

Alec Dempster is a Mexican artist living in Toronto. Many of his pieces focus on Son Jarocho.
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