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Songs We Love: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, 'Yo'

Songs We Love: Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, 'Yo'

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    Tradicion, Arte y Pasion: Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano
    Artist
    Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano
    Label
    Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
    Released
    2015

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Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos released Tradicion, Arte y Pasion on Smithsonian Folkways in July. Daniel Sheehy/Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways hide caption

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Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos released Tradicion, Arte y Pasion on Smithsonian Folkways in July.

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When mariachi musician Nati Cano died last year the world lost a true cultural warrior. His dedication to the Mexican folk music was a lifelong passion that took place initially in bars and at public events, then eventually on the world's greatest stages.

Mariachi Camperos de Nati Cano, Tradicion, Arte y Pasion
Smithsonian Folkways

His singular focus was highlighting the deep and complex beauty of mariachi, and he was recording yet another album for Smithsonian Folkways when he died unexpectedly in October.

Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos digs into the song "Yo" and imbues it with the passion it deserves as the first song released by composer José Alfredo Jiménez, a legendary talent who wrote more than 1,000 songs, many of which are still performed.

This song and the entire album, Tradición, Arte y Pasión, are the kind of mariachi my mother loves: lots of strings and trumpets, full-throated singing and lyrics about broken hearts that invite singalongs.

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Tradicion, Arte y Pasion: Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano
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Mariachi Los Camperos De Nati Cano
Label
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Released
2015

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