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United for Mexico

Benefit concert for Mexico earthquake victims
Photo: Courtesy of Carlos Sáenz
21/11/2017
18:36
Cynthia Talavera
Mexico City
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The impotence of being away from Mexico and not being able to help those affected by the devastating earthquakes that struck the country last September led a group of music students in Boston to perform a benefit concert on November 13 at the Regatta Bar.

Carlos Sáenz, a student at Berklee College of Music, not only participated in the concert, but he even composed a song called Paciencia (Patience).

"The idea came from the feeling of helplessness, of not being able to do anything and being far away," explained Saenz from Mexico City to EL UNIVERSAL.

Francisco Fernández from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, one of his friends, came up with the idea and together with Mauricio Morales from Mexico City, and Taide Prieto from Peru, and they started working on the project United for Mexico.

According to the students, United for Mexico was driven because, after a month of the devastating earthquakes, the issue "was no longer on the headlines of the newspapers in Mexico, not even here [in Boston].”

Mariachi La Catrina, Due of Hope, Mauricio Morales Group, Samuel Batista Quartet, Orlando Retana (FT. Nicole Zignago), Mike Soto, Carlos Sáenz, and David Rivera performed at the benefit concert.

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Photo: Courtesy of Carlos Sáenz

Jazz, rock, folk, classical music, and mariachi raised USD$2,080 that were allocated to the emergency fund of Mexico of the ADRA Foundation.

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