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VOL. 11 #17 -- Aug/Ago 12- 25, 2005
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"Best Mariachi Band in the World"
to perform in Panama

Visitors will be able to enjoy an authenitc Mexican Mariachi extravaganza when Mariachi Vargas, Mexico's most prestigious band, takes to the stage of Atlapa Convention Center on Thursday, August 25.

Considered the "Best Mariachi in the World", Mariachi Vargas is a 108-year-old institution. It was founded by Don Gaspar Vargas in 1897 in the small city of Tecalitlán in a time when new techniques (the use of trompets and cornets) slowly entered into Mexico’s best-known music genre.

The group became a celebrity in the 1930’s, when it won a number of important contests and was declared "The official band of Mexico City’s Police Department" by president Lázaro Cárdenas. The motion picture "Así es mi Tierra", released in 1937, was the first of the appro-ximately 200 films in which Mariachi Vargas has appeared.

Many famous pop-music singers have also recorded albums with Mariachi Vargas, including Linda Ronstad, who released "Canciones de mi padre" –a Spanish-language album released in 1987.


Mariachi Vargas is a 108-year-old institution.
 
 



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