Locally Toned in Mexico: Trio Jarocho, Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo

Meet Trio Jarocho–Felipe Sosa on arpa, Alfonso Chavez on guitarra, and Genaro Vergara Rios on jarana.  Based in Cancun, they specialize in playing both popular and traditional music from the Veracruz region of Mexico. A group of friends, they’ve played fiestas, weddings and parties together for 25 years.

I heard them play as they strolled through the restaurant Pelicanos in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and, with the help of a very kind masero (waiter), put my best Spanish forward to ask them if they’d share their  lively music with Locally Toned.

Here is their Zapateado Ringtone–21 seconds long–a dance of Mexican Indian origin. As they warmed up, I also recorded Felipe Sosa’s Harpa (Harp) Message Alert.

The Trio also allowed me to record these two traditional songs, which I’ve uploaded as full-length tracks–El Torito (1 min 7 seconds), and Pajaro Cu (1 min 23 seconds). The tracks were so cheerful, and they played with such sustained energy, that I didn’t have the heart to cut (edit) them into a shorter ringtone format.

Heartfelt thanks to Felipe, Alfonso and Genaro of Trio Jarocho for sharing their ebullient music with Locally Toned. More images of Trio Jarocho, Pelicanos and Puerto Morelos follow.

Pelicanos, a Seaside restaurant in Puerto Morelos

T. Foley records Trio Jarocho, photo courtesy Scott Davidoff

Alfonso Chavez on guitarra

Genaro Vergara Rios on jarana

Felipe Sosa on arpa

Pelicanos’ ceviche and guacamole

Rain clouds roll in to Puerto Morelos

Como un sueño

This ringtone recording session was made possible by a generous grant from The Fine Foundation.

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