Mariachi - What Does It Mean?
Musicologists and folklorists have argued for years over the origin of the word - Mariachi.
The explanation that appears most frequently - especially on record jackets and in travel brochures - is that it is a variation of the French word mariage, meaning wedding or marriage, and comes from the time in the nineteenth century when Maximillian, a Frenchman, was Emperor of Mexico. According to this myth the Mariachi was named by the French after the celebration with which it was most commonly associated. But this explanation, always regarded as highly doubtful by linguists, was totally discredited recently when a use of the word was found that predated the time when the French arrived in Mexico.
Currently, however, the best scholarly opinion is that the word mariachi has native roots. One theory is that it comes from the name of the wood used to make the platform on which the performers danced to the music of the village musicians. But whatever its true source - and the truth may never be discovered with absolute certainty - the word today has one meaning that is crystal clear: Mariachi means one of the most exciting and enchanting musical ensembles found anywhere in the world. -- excerpt from, Mexico: Meeting of Two Cultures.
Whatever its provenance, it will make for a fantastic Saturday concert at Denver Public Library:
Saturday, July 5, 2-3 p.m.
Central Library, Level 1 Schlessman Hall
Talisman puts its own twist on Mariachi music, by performing a combination of traditional Mexican songs and random cover tunes with a Latin flair. They will be playing at the Central Library as a trio, consisting of lead and rhythm guitars, bass and vocals. Don't miss this fun and exciting group!
Check out a Mariachi Flash Mob in Burbank, CA: