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 Mexico & Colombia: Interconnected Musical Histories, Genres, and TraditionsImages by Cesar Castro

Mexico & Colombia: Interconnected Musical Histories, Genres, and Traditions

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Saturday, April 6, 2024
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Eligibility: K-12 educators from all disciplines. No prior music background is needed to participate in this professional development. 

Cost: There is no registration fee to attend this event

Location: UCLA Campus (this is an in-person event)

Lunch will be provided 


Through this interactive music workshop, participants will:

  • Understand and explain Mexico-Colombia musical fusion, cultures, and migrations.
  • Describe the function and historical context of selected traditional instruments and dances. 
  • Obtain cultural resources to share in their classrooms. 
  • Be able to teach their students/others how to create musical verses. 

Registration for the workshop is completed in two steps:
1. Submission of a short online application
2. If accepted, you will receive a notification within 2 days 

Registration Deadline: March 24. Limited Seating Available

- Participants are expected to pay for their own parking 

This workshop will be taught by renowned cultural music instructors César Castro and Eduardo Martinez IG @TarimayTambor



César Castro, a professional musician in the Son Jarocho genre, a laudero (stringed instrument maker) and instructor. Active liaison between communities in the US and Veracruz Mexico for over 15 years via Radio Jarochelo, a community-based podcast started in 2010, and through organizing and promoting cultural projects, artist residencies with musicians from Veracruz, and events in local communities, cultural centers, schools, universities and, most recently, in California state prisons. Career emphasis on community building, organizing and engagement through projects in participatory art forms, specifically, traditional Son Jarocho music from Veracruz, Mexico. Vast knowledge and experience in the Son Jarocho/ fandango traditional art forms to engage disenfranchised communities in building self-sustaining projects that tap into and build upon cultural knowledge, embodied experience and memory.



Eduardo Martinez Arvilla was born in Cartagena, Colombia, a city rich with African, Spanish, and aboriginal cultures and traditions.  His studies in Afro-Colombian drumming began as a young boy, immersed in his city’s oral history and music.  He has learned drumming and gaita from some of the most respected masters of the tradition, including Paulino Salgado (aka, Batata III) and Encarnación Tovar (aka, El Diablo), two of the most famous Afro-Colombian drummers who play, make, and repair drums.  After high school, Eduardo studied music at the Institute of Fine Arts in Cartagena, where he continued to practice and refine his skills in Afro-Colombian music performance.  Following school, he became a workshop leader, and traveled around the world representing his country and culture.  Additionally, he has toured with many groups including Totó La Momposina and Petrona Martínez.Eduardo is a master artist on dozens of rhythms and musical styles from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, such as cumbia, puya, chalupa, mapalé, tambora, bullerengue, and zambapalo. 

For further information, please contact Veronica Zavala |

Sponsored by the Latin American Institute