Los Cenzontles and Atilano López Patricio Release “Alma P’urhepecha”

The P’urhépechas, previously known as Tarascan, was one of the pre-Columbian empires of Meso America. Centered in the northwestern region of Michoacán, Mexico, they are now known for their many folk arts as well as their music and dance traditions. This album was recorded in collaboration with Atilano López Patricio, a composer, musician, painter and artisan of the P’urhepecha traditions. Alma P’urhepecha was recorded in collaboration with Atilano López Patricio, a composer, musician, painter and artisan of the P’urhepecha traditions.

Since 2000, Los Cenzontles have learned to play, sing and dance sones abajeños (danced rhythms) and pirekuas (lilting love songs) from Don Atilano on his occasional visits to the Bay Area. Los Cenzontles vocalists Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez learned to sing in the native language of P’urhépecha from Don Atilano. In turn, the members of Los Cenzontles teach this tradition to community youth at the Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy in San Pablo, California.

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