Latin-American Music

Duo Mesika/Rodriguez

“Alfonsina y el Mar” is an iconic Latin American song that has left an indelible mark on the world of music. Written by the Argentine poet Félix Luna and composed by Ariel Ramírez, this hauntingly beautiful song is a tribute to the renowned Argentine writer and poet Alfonsina Storni. The song’s lyrics are imbued with a sense of longing and mystery, evoking the vastness of the sea and the memory of the poet’s life. Sung by many prominent artists over the years, most notably by the incomparable Mercedes Sosa, “Alfonsina y el Mar” continues to resonate with its listeners, serving as a poetic and musical homage to a remarkable literary figure. With its emotional depth and evocative melodies, the song remains a cherished piece of Latin American culture and a testament to the enduring power of music to capture the human spirit and pay homage to great artists and their legacies.

Mariachi Jerusalem

Mariachi Jerusalem is a remarkable musical ensemble that bridges cultures and countries, bringing the lively and iconic sounds of Mexican mariachi to both Israel and Mexico. Their participation in the “Encuentro Internacional de Mariachis y la Charrería” is a testament to the global appeal of this beloved genre. By showcasing their talent in both Israel and Mexico, Mariachi Jerusalem exemplifies the universal language of music, transcending geographical and cultural boundaries. Their performances create a vibrant fusion of Jewish and Mexican traditions, fostering a unique and celebratory atmosphere that reflects the diversity and shared appreciation for music and culture on an international stage. Mariachi Jerusalem’s involvement in this event underscores the power of music to unite people across borders and is a testament to the rich tapestry of multicultural influences in the world of mariachi.

“Malagueña Salerosa” has a fascinating history deeply rooted in Mexican musical tradition. While its origins are somewhat obscure, it is widely believed to be a traditional folk song that predates any known written records. The term “Malagueña” is associated with the city of Málaga in Spain, suggesting a connection to Andalusian musical influences.

The lyrics and melody of “Malagueña Salerosa” were eventually brought to the forefront when Mexican composer Elpidio Ramírez and lyricist Pedro Galindo penned the version that is most widely recognized today. This version was first recorded in 1947 by the acclaimed Mexican mariachi musician Pedro Infante, and it quickly gained popularity. Pedro Infante’s interpretation contributed significantly to the song’s enduring fame.

Since then, “Malagueña Salerosa” has been performed and recorded by numerous artists across various genres, cementing its status as a classic in Mexican and mariachi music. Its passionate lyrics and memorable melody continue to resonate with audiences, making it an integral part of Mexico’s musical heritage and a beloved representation of the country’s cultural richness.

“Alma Llanera” holds a special significance in the repertoire of Mariachi Jerusalem because it was founded by Sara and Yojanan Peretz, who hail from Venezuela. Their Venezuelan roots add a unique layer of cultural diversity to the mariachi tradition. Through their performances of “Alma Llanera,” they pay homage to their Venezuelan heritage while embracing the vibrant spirit of Mexican mariachi music. This fusion of Venezuelan and Mexican musical influences creates a dynamic and enriching experience for both performers and audiences, demonstrating how music can transcend borders and bridge cultures. The inclusion of “Alma Llanera” in their repertoire is a heartfelt tribute to their homeland and a testament to the power of music to unite and celebrate the rich tapestry of our global heritage.

“Quizás, Quizás, Quizás,” originally composed by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés in 1947, is a classic Latin American bolero. The song’s title translates to “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps” in English, and it has been covered by numerous artists in various languages, making it a global standard for romantic ballads.