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About Mexico Amigo Mariachi:
In 1987, Jorge Lopez was invited to participate in the recording of Linda Ronstadt's "Las Canciones de mi Padre." In working with the greatest mariachi band of all time, Mariachi Vargas, Jorge had the idea of forming his own mariachi band, due to the lack of authentic representation of Mariachi music in Canada at the time. In 1988, Jorge began training musicians in traditional Mexican folk music. This gave birth to Mexico Amigo. Since then, they have evolved into a professional working ensemble, eager to bring Mexico's native music to the public.
Mexico Amigo have performed at such venues as the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian National Exhibition and Harbourfront Centre. They have also performed at the WOMAD Festival, the International Hispanic Festival, the annual Mexican Independence Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square and Kempenfest.
Mexico Amigo, like the great City of Toronto, consists of a diverse mix of international cultures. Jorge is particularly proud of the fact that, although the band members come from all over the world, they respect and do their best to preserve the traditional style and sound of Mexico's great mariachi music. Jorge is just as proud of his son Joao's long standing participation in the band and his assistance in making sure the music is true to its roots.
Mexico Amigo provides an exciting, vivid view of Mexican folklore and culture, featuring authentic costumes and instruments that highlight its extensive repertoire.
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