Veracruz musician was pillar of the folk tunes known as son jarocho

Don Elías, pillar of son jarocho.
Don Elías, pillar of son jarocho.

Elías Meléndez Núñez, Living Human Treasure, died yesterday at 95

Mexico News Daily | Saturday, July 1, 2017

A musician named a Living Human Treasure and regarded as a pillar of the tunes termed son jarocho died yesterday in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca. Elías Meléndez Núñez was 95.

Born in Playa Vicente in 1922, Meléndez attained his 1st musical instrument at the age of 12, a small requinto, a type of guitar, and went on to turn into one particular of the ideal known jaraneros of the Papaloapan River basin, stated the federal Tradition Secretariat in announcing his demise.

Each the jarana and the requinto are crucial devices in the tunes for which Don Elías was well known, son jarocho, a regional folk tunes most typically affiliated with the point out of Veracruz.

He expended additional than eighty years operating to spread and conserve the tunes by participating in and instructing, founding many bands and earning 4 records.

In 2012 his contribution to tunes was acknowledged by the Application for Cultural Enhancement in Sotavento, which named Meléndez a Living Human Treasure.

That recognition was followed a 12 months later with the presentation of the Andrés Vega Delfín medal for the duration of a gathering of jaraneros at the yearly pageant of the Candelaria in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, wherever he played just about every 12 months.

The medal was introduced for Meléndez’ initiatives in sharing his musical understanding between new generations.

Meléndez expended the previous several years of his everyday living in Tuxtepec, Oaxaca, instructing historical tunings at a cultural workshop.

Supply: e-consulta (sp), El Common (sp)

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