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Rescuing Indigenous and Mexican music
The website includes includes indigenous music – Photo: File Photo/EL UNIVERSAL

Rescuing Indigenous and Mexican music

Sonia Sierra
Mexico City
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Musiteca is a project that started over three years ago at the Fonoteca Nacional

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Field recordings carried out in the country between 1940 and 1980; pieces by contemporary composers such as Mario Lavista, Marcela Rodríguez, and Daniel Catán; Huichol songs recorded in 1898, which are Mexico's oldest recording; Indigenous songs in languages that are about to disappear; Carlos Chávez' Caballos de vapor from 1937. All these are an example of the 4,000 sound archives that are part of Musiteca.mx, which can be accessed by users all over the world.

It's free, no adds, you can access it from your phone, tablet, or computer, to listen, watch, and learn about Mexican music and its three categories: concert, Indigenous, and traditional. It has 2,552 concert songs; 816 indigenous songs; and 670 traditional songs.

In Musiteca you can listen to all this music and read about the artists and their work; see scores, illustrations, and pictures; access other sites and collections; learn about music history and upload songs, as well as create playlists.

Musiteca is a project that started over three years ago at the Fonoteca Nacional and was presented to the public on its 10th anniversary.

María Cristina García Cepeda, the Culture Minister, said that “it's an effort to spread Mexican music, to make creators public.”

Musiteca distinguishes between Indigenous and traditional music, although the difference is subtle: “The Indigenous music has no authors, it's from the community, and has ceremonial hints; we wanted to rescue the linguistic diversity”, said Margarita Sosa, Musiteca's coordinator.

In the platform, you can listen to 55 of the 68 linguistic groups. In concert music, you can listen to songs that date back to the colonial times and contemporary music; in regards to indigenous music, audio, pictures, articles, and videos of 55 indigenous groups are included; and in traditional music, it includes music from 17 regions, and 45 genres, some of which are on the verge of extinction.


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