October 2, 1993 |
For most people, the mention of mariachi music conjures up images of cantinas or outdoor fiestas. For Natividad Cano, director of Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano, mariachi is an art form, and its move from cantina to concert hall is long overdue. "People are finally realizing that the mariachi musician has (too much) talent to only play weddings and pinata parties," said Cano, whose group plays in Costa Mesa today.
December 17, 1998 |
Christmas, as celebrated in Mexico, comes to the Orange County Performing Arts Center tonight in the colorful form of the annual Fiesta Navidad. It's a combination of mariachi music, traditional dance, Christmas legends and a merry sing-along, featuring Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano and Ballet Folklorico Ollin. Appropriately, the Fiesta Navidad will begin with a posadas procession.
December 26, 1996 |
At 63, Nati Cano is one of mariachi's most respected institutions. The director of Mariachi Los Camperos, he has been playing since he was 7 and today gets much of the credit for establishing the music in Los Angeles. In September he received the Silvestre Vargas award, given by the government of Jalisco, Mexico, mariachi's birthplace. The trophy, named after the late founder of the legendary Mariachi Vargas, is considered mariachi's highest honor.