10 Year Old Mariachi Singer Steels the Show on TV’s America’s Got Talent

Little Sebastien El Charro de Oro from San Antonio, Texas won the hearts of many and helped to introduce Mexican mariachi music to the world on the popular television show, America’s Got Talent.  Mariachi is the best known form of folk music from Mexico. The name refers to the music, the musicians and the band/orchestras that play it.  Mariachi began as a regional folk style originally played only with string instruments and musicians dressed in the white pants and shirts of peasant farmers. Modifications of the music include influences from other music such as polkas and waltzes, the addition of trumpets and the use of “charro” outfits by mariachi musicians. “Charro” is a term referring to a traditional horseman from Mexico, originating in the central-western regions. The traditional Mexican “charro” is known for colorful clothing.

The mariachi musical style began to take on national prominence in the first half of the 20th century, with its promotion at presidential inaugurations and on the radio in the 1920s.  Its use in a genre of Mexican film called the “comedia ranchera” in the 1930s and 1940s propelled it to national and international prominence and made it representative of Mexico.  Since then, the music has been played in many parts of the world.

Listen to Sebastien tell you about mariachi music and entertain you with his song.


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