Son Jarocho Collective
In November of 2013, an all female musical collaboration called “Entre Mujeres” came from Los Angeles to Tonatierra in Phoenix, Arizona.
After their initial showcase, they graced a group of students the next day to facilitate a workshop on Son Jarocho, an Afro-Mexican, Indigenous -poetic music of resistance, that originated from Southern Veracruz, Mexico. They shared their knowledge with community members at Tonatierra.
It was well received by the community, and since then, Entre Mujeres member Angela Flores, a Chicana artivista with over a decade of experience in música de jarana agreed to take on the responsibility to continue the Son Jarocho workshops here at Tonatierra. Each time, her teachings have demonstrated a strong musical force that brings community members together.
Tonatierra’s Son Jarocho project has continued to grow over the last few years and with the help of the Arizona Commission of the Arts and others who believe in our project, we have continued our learning and have been fortunate enough to work with other teachers of the Son Jarocho tradition including Xochi Flores and Cesar Castro of Cambalache as well as Gilberto Gutierrez of Mono Blanco.