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Christmas Jams From Mexico Come Alive In California

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Christmas Jams From Mexico Come Alive In California

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Christmas Jams From Mexico Come Alive In California

Christmas Jams From Mexico Come Alive In California

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Cambalache performs in the studio at NPR West in Culver City, Calif. Betto Arcos for NPR hide caption

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Cambalache performs in the studio at NPR West in Culver City, Calif.

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"La Rama"

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"El Canelo"

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"El Chuchumbe"

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World music DJ Betto Arcos is a frequent guest on All Things Considered and the host of the program Global Village on KPFK in Los Angeles. Cambalache is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East L.A. that plays a musical style called son jarocho, the traditional roots music in Arcos' home state of Veracruz, Mexico.

This week, the two have converged on NPR's studios in Culver City, Calif., for a special demonstration of Mexico's festive and upbeat Christmas music tradition. Hear Arcos in conversation with host Arun Rath and live performances from the band at the audio link.

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