Mariachi musicians have typically learnt their trade on the streets and play to drunk audiences in rowdy cantinas. But a new school in Mexico City has been teaching the mariachi craft with classical music training. Their latest focus in on supporting young women to join the scene. We caught up with the girls as they prepared for perform for International Womens Day
For CCTV America
After a storm shipwrecked a slave ship headed for America, the West Africans aboard sought refuge on a the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. There they created their own unique culture only to be banished by the British. Decades later their unique culture is under threat of being watered down as young garifuna turn to hiphop and dancehall, modern clothes, and junk food. We visited communities leaders and activists during the annual Landing Day festival.
Every year Mexico City’s government hosts a mass quinceanera party for girls who might otherwise be unable to celebrate their 15th birthday in style. The city goes all out to give these girls a great party full of sequins and dance routines.
With Franc Contreras for Al Jazeera English