Can’t be Classified

Something I really enjoyed learning about at the WWR (un)conference is the genre of music known as the ‘ son jarocho’, which is where a group of musicians play to the heartbeat that’s being led by the tarima, the person on the board stomping out the beat. A lovely, knowledgable woman explained to me that this music is practically impossible to classify because its learned through oral traditions that have been passed down for generations. She also explained the ‘really good’ players of the son jarocho understand that the music they’re playing is not a performance, the music they’re playing is meant to bring people together, to create a community. I thought of this particular genre as being a microcosm for the WWR (un)conference.

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