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Don Fallo Figueroa & Son Candela

Son Jarocho is the traditional folk music from the region of Veracruz known as Sotavento, with a long tradition originating in colonial times and a very interesting mix of influences, including Spanish, African and indigenous. 

Within this region, rich in musical traditions, is Tlacotalpan, in the state of Veracruz, on the banks of the river Papaloapan, the majestic river of butterflies and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is within this framework that Rafael Figueroa Alavés's quest emerged to make the tradition of Son Jarocho, as practiced for centuries, remain an active musical tradition full of life. 

Born in Tlacotalpan in 1935, Rafael Figueroa Alavés, "Don Fallo", has divided his life between music, carpentry and as a well known luthier and teacher. He has participated in many concerts, radio and TV programs including TVMás (Xalapa) and Telever (Veracruz) and nationally on Canal 13. He has also been involved in many recordings, both with his group Siquisiri and Son Candela, and in participation with others. Don Fallo has been nominated for countless honors for musicianship and his work in promoting son jarocho, most recently the Medalla al Mérito Cívico 2008 del Ayuntamiento de Tlacotalpan for his role in promoting regional culture. 

Son Candela emerged in September 2003. All students at the Casa de Cultura de la Ciudad de Tlacotalpan, they started with a strong traditional background. The group retains the traditional Son, but has also made innovations which continue to improve day by day. 

For more information on Son Jaroche and Don Fallo, check out www.comosuena.com. You can also hear some of their music at CD Baby.

Earlier Event: November 13
Laura Wolfe