Jaranas del Norte
Past events & shows
son jarocho Studio session
During the autumn of this year 2021, we gathered together and recorded a few songs for the first time as a group at Soundmind in Helsinki. Thanks to our dear member Alan Guerra, who decided to produce music material as part of a grant he applied for at Taike in Finland.
It was a very important experience for our growth and learning not only learning more about Son Jarocho music but also about how to work as a team.
In 2022 we will release our new songs! Stay tuned!
LA frontera (Rajaseutu)
We were honored to be part of the release of this interesting book "Borderlands" (Gloria Anzaldúa 1987) in Helsinki last 19th of October at the Museum of impossible forms in Helsinki.
That night we shared the room with Somos La Colectiva, Latin american female artist group.
Part of our interest in joining this event was to be present and share the Son Jarocho music which is a manifestation that represents our cultural legacy and the resistance of the Afro-Mexican and indigenous groups in Veracruz, Mexico. Our lyrics, music, expression and even the structure we use to act as a collective community are totally compatible with what Gloria Anzaldúa stated in her work and her lifelong experiences of social and cultural marginalization.
Gloria Anzaldúa (1942-2004) was a scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory and, queer theory. In her book "Borderlands" (La Frontera) based on her life in Mexico-Texas border, she discusses several critical issues related to Chicana experiences: heteronormativity, colonialism, and male dominance. Her book now has been translated to the Finnish language by Heta Rundgren and Oscar Ortiz-Nieminen.
Our band member, Yesmith Sánchez also wanted to share her experience by writing a short article. Read the story by Yesmith here (Spanish).
kolibrí festivaali 2021
In September 2021 we have finally been able to participate by giving some workshops special for kids and families using Son Jarocho to tell a story and have lots of fun dancing and playing percussions.
"Café con pan" was the theme for this edition where we told the story of how this rhythm traveled from Spain to Mexico passing by Africa and the Caribbean islands.
We had incredible multilingual participants from many different backgrounds and a very beautiful and cheerful atmosphere!
Photographs by Nalle Elmgren 2021.
zapatistas in helsinki
On Sunday 3.10.2021 we were invited to be part of a cozy welcoming event organized in honor of the Zapatista committee visiting Helsinki as part of their "Journey for life" in a quest to share their resistance message beyond Mexican borders.
We hand-picked songs that were not only beautiful pieces but also where the lyrics were a powerful reminder of how music, and art in general can be a way of activism. We also adapted some of the verses to show our solidarity for their cause to highlight current social issues faced by them and many in Mexico. We were flattered to be part of this historical moment for the Zapatista movement and for the community that supports them in Finland. We're happy to share our art and admiration for their cause which advocates for giving voice to indigenous populations.
feel helsinki 2021 show
Jaranas del Norte closed the summer concert season on a high note.
Etno-espa 2021 concert
We were honored to be part of this year's edition of Etno-Espa folk music festival in Espanlava (Esplanadi, Helsinki). As part of our show, on the evening of August 11th, we interpreted traditional son jarocho songs and a contemporary version of La Llorona adapted by Sanna Mansikkaniemi who was our honor guest. Read more here.
The audience received us with a very warm response and people we very excited even with some rain over their heads. We definitely had a great time and we are looking forward to being present in future editions of this festival.
Summer show in oulunkylä
On July 16th 2021 we were welcomed to play at Oulunkylän Seurahuone a beautiful old house in the middle of the neighbourhood which hosts different cultural and musical activities for the citizens for free.
We had a great and happy moment sharing with people of the area and some of our friends. It was very nice to count with the presence of all kind of people from babies to elders who really didn't miss the chance to dance along!
New content for Children in youtube this summer 2021
Interview with Open Waves WMS 2020
Interview to Jaranas del Norte by World Music School - Helsinki Open Waves - HOW. Hosted by Pedro Aibeo at Caisa Kulttuurikeskus 4.11.2020
Discussion about origins and history of Son Jarocho music and tradition in Mexico. Participation of the Collective Jaranas del Norte as a promoter of Mexican culture in Finland.
Listen to the full interview here: https://www.helsinkiopenwaves.com/audio-library/#/openmic-jaranasdelnorte/
Watch a short video here:
Mexican independence day 2020
In September 2020 we were honored to be part of the celebration of Mexican independence day at The National Museum in Helsinki.
We played cheerful songs that connect us with our national identity and make everyone want to move along for sure. Also this time we shared the stage with our comrades from Askeltenpalo who were dancing with traditional Mexican costumes.
For us, it was a beautiful moment and we were happy to enjoy and share Mexican and Finnish cultures together.
live interview with "jaraneros por el mundo"
folk dance workshop with World music school
On August 20th 2020, we held a folk-dance workshop lead by our main dancer Paola Nieto at Caisa Cultural Centre, organized by the World Music School Helsinki.
We had the pleasure to share the room with people and artists from many different nationalities.
Live STREAm CONCERT WITH MEXICAN EMBASSY
On July 3rd 2020, we had an interview with Ernesto Céspedes, the ambassador of Mexico in Finland. We talked about Son Jarocho, about the project of Jaranas del Norte, and a bit about our story in Finland. We performed a few traditional songs in Live streaming.
Semana Global de Mexico 2019
Open workshops of Mexican culture (Son Jarocho) in Helsinki
Day of the Dead - November 2019
The National Museum of Finland
Independence day - September 2019
Embassy of Mexico in Finland
Photographs by Embassy of Mexico in Finland 2019