Son del Centro | Mi Jarana es mi Fusil...

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Mi Jarana es mi Fusil...

by Son del Centro

A group of youth community activists that use the Jarana as their weapon of choice. In this NON-PROFIT musical group all the members are volunteers, and 100% of the revenues from CD sales goes to sustain El Centro Cultural en Santa Ana. Son Jarocho
Genre: Latin: General
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  Song Share Time Download
1. La Caña
5:36 $0.99
2. El Toro Zacamandú
5:18 $0.99
3. La Guacamaya
4:54 $0.99
4. El Jarabe Loco
7:10 $0.99
5. Pájaro Cú (mujeres De Santa Ana/la En Fandango)
4:46 $0.99
6. La Bamba
4:08 $0.99
7. El Ahualulco
4:32 $0.99
8. Pájaro Carpintero
3:47 $0.99
9. Buscapiés
4:04 $0.99
10. La Morena
5:48 $0.99
11. El Cupido
6:29 $0.99
12. Siquisirí (fandango)
11:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
In 2002, as part of the community based project of el Centro Cultural de Mexico of Orange County, a group of mostly high school students began to explore the tradition of son jarocho. Through a tiny new space that was created and based within the Santa Ana community, now known as “El Centro”, Son del Centro developed into an active well-coordinated project that today symbolizes a community’s struggle for justice, economic sustainability, and empowerment through culture. Son del Centro was soon performing locally and internationally, and recognized as “el Corazon de Santa Ana.” Committed to sustaining a community space for popular culture and social movements, Son del Centro, provides an economic base for El Centro through fundraisers and performances. All revenues brought in through Son del Centro is filtered into El Centro’s programs or invested in local and transnational community development projects based on the promotion of culture and the interests of the community. The uniqueness of these groups is not just the diverse talent but the dedication and commitment of each performer to use culture for social justice. All members of Son del Centro have made a commitment to utilize their time and talents to empower their community and many are now university students. Each member has taken the responsibility to also teach Son Jarocho music and culture to the Orange County community for free, creating a circle of learning and breaking the divide between performers and teachers. Either by supporting political rallies and marches, assisting community based organizations, singling and writing their reality. This groups group is an example of what is possible when music and art are used to give a voice to causes that have no voice. Today, you can find Son del Centro either in Los Angeles at a fandango, in Veracruz working with the Cojolites, in Florida with the Coalition of Immokalee Worker, or in Santa Ana giving free classes at el Centro and singing our reality.



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Gustavo Arellano

Music that reaches the heavens
Son jarocho is unlike anything you’ve ever heard: a primitive, herky-jerky, repetitive rush of strings and percussion native to the Mexican state of Veracruz, something the human body cannot help but to sway to slowly, sensuously, endlessly--a sound so precious but foreign you assume it’s performed only for special occasions. Yet Son del Centro--a group of teens and young adults from Santa Ana, California--have embraced the genre to stunning results on their debut CD, "Mi Jarana es Mi Fusil" ("My Guitar is My Gun"). The tracks are filled with high-pitched guitars, the thuds of wooden planks and drums used for percussion and call-and-response verses wailed so that each song reaches the heavens. And don't get misled by the inclusion of "La Bamba," son jarocho's most famous song. This isn't a remake of the Ritchie Valens rocker but something better and closer to the original: jutting, improvised, breathless and gorgeous like the rest of the album.


[jaw dropping] its in my mp3 player, the cd is in my car, and la cana is the most used ringtone on my phone now... i love this album and son del centro!!! Amazing!



Catch your spirit making it dance to the rhythm of “el son jarocho”.
I’m very proud of you guys of Son del Centro. Mi Jarana es mi Fusil CD is the culmination of a dream of El Centro that started long time ago. The music and lyrics not only does that the body and the feet move for the “zapateado” but also it catches your spirit making it dance to the rhythm of “el son jarocho”.


son del centro rocks my pinche face!
The CD is excellent... great music, great lyrics, great energy, and the CD itself and the booklet were also very high-quality and professional looking. I can't stop listening to it!


Son del Centro Rules!
I love this cd! Make more!