Mexican Music: Costa Chica

The Costa Chica runs for sevreral hundred kilometers along the Pacific east and south of Acapulco, Guerrero to Puerto Angel, Oaxaca. It is home to Mexico's Afro-Mexican population and their rich musical heritage. Here talented musicians perform the region's traditional music, Son Chilena. A few musicians still perform Son de Artesa, where dancers pound out the rhythms with their feet on a hollowed trunk of a parota tree accompanied by a musical trio.

The following videos provide a sampling of the cultural richness of the region.

Silvestre Tuburcio Noyola

Silvestre Tuburcio Noyola, known as Don Bucho performs in his home in San Nicolás Tolentino, Guerrero.

Efrén Mayren

Efrén Mayren perfoms a song he composed for Barak Obama and performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.

Jorge Añorve, Martín Laguna, and Martín Laguna Jr.

Jorge Añorve, accompanied by Martín Laguna and his son Martín, sings a pean to their home of Cuajinicualapa, Guerrero.