"When people think of music from Mexico they think of this
newly formed Mariachi style as traditional Mexican heritage,"
writes Xavier Quijas Yxayotl. They are wrong in thinking so."
On this CD, Yxayotl gives a sampling of real Mexican roots music-pre-Columbian
songs played on authentic instruments that he has spent most of
his life building and playing.
The music is percussion-driven (all five of the artists on the
CD play percussion) along with vocals and Yxayotl's Aztec and
Mayan clay flutes. The liner notes are sparse, and I would love
to know more about the drums used. But that's a minor complaint
about a beautiful album. Rhythmically and melodically more accessible
than some Native American music, this CD should have a broad appeal.