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Label: Canyon Records



"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.

©Scott Allan Stevens--4/1//02

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